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“Unusual castle, unusual place, delicious bread”

Palacio Nacional de Mafra
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Full-Day Mafra and Ericeira Private Tour from Lisbon
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Mafra
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Montefollonico, Italy
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“Unusual castle, unusual place, delicious bread”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Joao V built this huge castle for his passion, hunting!It took 23 years to build and there were almost 50000 workwers employed to do the job. 2000 of them died. The state was almost bankrupt at completion of this castle and most of it was financed by the colony Brasil. It is 40,000 squre meters large. You feel lost inside! It is so huge that I was bored looking at all the rooms, the library of which has some 50000 books!

Visited July 2014
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“One of the most spectacular gems of Portugal”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

I have lived in Portugal now for over 2 years. Mafra is one of my most favorite towns! In August there is a festival of breads and pastries and it is simply delightful and tasty!!!! The cathedral has recently been renovated and they have done an exceptional job. The statues and the magnitude of the cathedral is simply amazing. This past time I was able to tour the Palace in entirety. It was massive and well worth the 6 euro fee to get in. The best part was the end of the self guided tour--the library. WOW!!!! What an amazing collection of books that were beautifully displayed and maintained. I would go back in a heartbeat and take the droves of incoming friends and family that come to visit. The entire town of Mafra is a must see! You can't leave Portugal without seeing Palacio Nacional de Mafra!

Visited July 2014
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Cerritos, California
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“Gorgeous building”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We toured here in early May. The building is huge and is full of all sorts of interesting furniture and architecture. There is even a room in which everything is made of antlers. The library rivals the one in Coimbra. The place is huge - we felt like we walked for miles. Exhibits were well marked. The building has had many uses over the years and the exhibits highlight them all. It was not crowded so we could take our time to explore.

Visited May 2014
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“Amazing surprise”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

One really does not expect to find this palace, one of the largest in Europe, in the middle of a smallish town in the middle of Portugal but it is well worth the journey. This was one of the royal summer retreats but has shared alternative uses over the years, and the hospital area with its beds and undescribable instruments is just fascinating. The library is just amazing, and the drawings of the capitals of Europe which are opened for inspection, allows you to compare how much, or how little, their layouts have changed. The best 6 Euros value, whilst back outside there are several good eating places to sit and enjoy a coffee or glass of wine.

Visited June 2014
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Port aux Basques, Canada
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“Better from the inside than the outside. Well worth the visit.”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

The huge palace and cathedral look a little austere and decrepit (run down) from the outside. We almost didn't do the full interior visit (6€) but it was well worth it. A very kind, friendly and helpful staff member (is anybody in Portugal not kind, friendly and helpful?) explained to us with pleasure some of the extraordinary history. Many of the rooms are outstandingly interesting - monks bedrooms, ancient hospital, huge ornate library full of original books dating from the 15th century onwards, music room (with original fortepianos, lutes), games room etc. This is much much better than a museum.

Visited July 2014
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