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Palacio Nacional da Ajuda

Lisbon | Fine Arts - Decorative Arts - History
€2.5 - €5
8 203 Votes
Although this palace was never completed as planned due to the exile of the royal family in Brazil caused by the French invasion of Portugal, it is still one of Europe's most perfect romantic buildings.

Its interior is richly filled with furniture, tapestries, statues, and extravagant decorative arts, the result of unprecedented wealth in the 1700s when diamonds were discovered in the then Portuguese colony of Brazil.

Of note is the ceiling in the Winter Garden that was a gift from the Viceroy of Egypt, the Music Room and its precious oriental porcelain from the Ch'ien period, the Ballroom, and the Ambassadors' Room. But the most impressive are the enormous Throne Room corresponding to the entire south wing, and the Dining Room and its crystal chandeliers, silk-covered chairs, and allegory of the birth of King João VI on the frescoed ceiling. Visitors should also note the interesting collection of clocks throughout the palace and the dinner service that is one of the few European royal services to remain completely intact.

At the main entrance are 23 marble statues, each representing a certain attribute such as generosity and gratitude, and across from the façade is a monument dedicated to King Carlos and a church tower that is all that remains of the demolished Church of Nossa Senhora da Ajuda.

10:00 - 18:00

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Other information

Contact details

  • Name: Palacio Nacional da Ajuda
  • Address: Largo Ajuda - 1349-021 - Lisbon - Portugal
  • Phone: (351) 213 637 095 / 213 620 264


Exposition, Visite guidée

Getting there

  • By bus : tramway : lignes n°18, 729, 732, 742, 60
  • By train : Belém

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