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“Charming and beautiful Palace”

National Palace of Queluz
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Royal residence of two generations of monarchs, only fifteen minutes away from Lisbon, the National Palace of Queluz is intimately linked with significant figures in Portuguese history. Today it constitutes a major heritage site in Portuguese architecture and landscaping, and contains an important collection which reflects royal taste during the eighteenth and nineteenth century - from Baroque, through Rococo, to Neoclassicism.
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“Charming and beautiful Palace”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

The Palace of Queluz, just 20 mins by train from Lisbon, Rossio station, is a delight. It was commissioned around 1747 by Dom Pedro, younger son of Joseph V. Pedro, later married Queen Maria I, elder daughter of Jose I who succeeded Joseph V in 1750. This Joseph employed the well known Marquis de Pombal as chief minister. Pombal directed changes in education and Govt, and redesigned lower Lisbon (Baixa) after the earthquake of 1755. The palace style is Rococo but Maria , who succeeded father Jose in 1760, added wings designed by a French architect, Jean Baptiste Robillion. Robillion created fantastic halls - the Hall of the Ambassadors, the Pavillion, and Throne Room. The Throne, room, Ambassadors hall, and Music room are covered in gilt edged glass and are lit by beautiful chandeliers - a key feature of the palace. The gilt is worn and very little furniture is placed in these state rooms. The effect is charming and beautiful - pleasing when compared with the opulence and flamboyance of Versaillies. This Queluz Palace is worth a visit. We visited on a Monday (9 June), the day when there is no falconry display. There were few visitors which added to the charm. The gardens are laid out in a formal fashion but pleasant for strolling, and viewing the palace. There is a canal with walls covered in coloured tiles - a great feature. A clean toilet exists at the end of the route in the palace! Overall, a good and easy day out from Lisbon.

Visited June 2014
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“Faded glory”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

Came here 16 years ago for a Big 0 birthday and had a banquet fit for a King of Portugal. Took some friends with me this time for a peep down birthday-memory lane. What a disappointment. Looks like the place hasn't had a lick of paint since the last time I visited. I suppose the neglect is the price of Portugal's penury.

Visited May 2014
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Port Washington, New York
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“Be transported to another time”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Palace at Queluz was the vacation home of the Kings of Portugal. It was once a long horse drawn carriage ride away from the hustle and bustle (and bacteria and other disease causing microbes) of the big city. It's now 20 minutes away from downtown.
In addition to showing sumptuously decorated rooms and the magnificent gardens designed for leisure (check out the boating canal designed with tiled walls and venetian like bridges to entertain the ladies on languid afternoons), the palace offers a horse dressage show on Wednesdays as well as falconry demonstrations daily. Don't miss it. You'll be transported to another time.

Visited April 2014
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“A Palace in miniature of Versailles”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Queluz Palace is about 15 minutes walk from Belas train station.
It is possible buy separate tickets (9 €) or buy a combo ticket with all the other Palaces in Sintra (Palácio de Monteserrat, Palácio da Pena, Palácio da Vila and others).
The palace was built in XVIII century in the Rocaille style, it looks like Versaille, but in miniature. It is open only in ground floor. Is very interesting and has a vast collection of decorative works, paintings etc. It is true that is in need of some restoration work.
It has a wonderful tiled canal (scenes of hunting, details of cities in Classical Antiquity). The main gardens are fantastic, we will also find a labyrinth garden.
On Sunday it is possible to see a show of falconry (exposure and possibility to take photo with the animal) at 12:00 a.m the price is 6€

Visited May 2014
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“Elegance,pomposity and gorgeous eye-candy.”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

For sheer exuberance in pomp and circumstance,this palace is my favourite outta Lisbon. Its a summer palace that fields a stately room the sala dos Embaixadores (diplomatic) which offered my femme and i the impromptu opportunity to square- up in a waltz position and glide fluidly,while humming a Mozart composition,to the applause of a gathered ensemble of visitors,rupturing our private revelry.

The royal bedroom has one item that i share in mine,the 4-poster bed,mine a reproduction while while this one was topped with a superb domed ceiling and a magnificent floor decorated in exotic woods giving the room a circular appearance. Painted scenes around the walls tell the story of Don Quixote. there is a corridor on the way to the music room that has azulejo tiles representing the continents and seasons as well as a superb hunting scenes,lining this bright walkway. the music room is poetic,reflective and the most meditative spot in the palace.

For sheer elegance and pomposity, you cannot but be moved by the Throne Room where we could imagine the banquets and balls that would have wowed the visitors. The palace gardens are formal and beautifully laid out with statues and fountains and topiary where concerts long ago in the music room spilled out into the gardens.

Visited October 2013
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