Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon

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Started as a luxurious home in 1795 for the Portuguese royal family, Palácio Nacional da Ajuda was never totally completed.The royal family's flight to Brazil following Napoleon's invasion brought the complex's construction to a halt. Visit the ornate palace for a glimpse into the lives of some of the world's wealthiest people of that time. You'll see countless tapestries, paintings, intricate statues, decorative furniture, and expensive items from around the world, all parts of the site's extensive collection of items spanning more than 500 years. Be sure to make your way to the throne room, perhaps the crowning glory of the complex, for a view of its frescoes and chandeliers. Work out when and for how long to visit Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and other Lisbon attractions using our handy Lisbon route planner.
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  • Having been to Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery it was just a short (and cheap) taxi ride to use our Lisboa card here. From the outside the building is grand but not different enough to make it... 
    Having been to Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery it was just a short (and cheap) taxi ride to use our Lisboa card here. From the outside the building is grand but not different enough to make it...  more »
  • This is a must see in my opinion, if you love ornate objects and palaces, and will already be in Belem for Jeronimos Monastery. I would have loved an audio guide, but the lack of one did not take... 
    This is a must see in my opinion, if you love ornate objects and palaces, and will already be in Belem for Jeronimos Monastery. I would have loved an audio guide, but the lack of one did not take...  more »
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  • Beautiful palace. Well kept and with beautiful details. Worth the visit if you have the extra time. Leave 2h for the visitation if you like history and photography, the 1h30 of the "last possible entry" were a bit short for me.
  • The most recent royal palace of Portugal. A beautiful representation of neoclassical architecture from the XIX century. Makes you wonder how the palace would look if the whole project (and not a quarter of it) was finished

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