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.
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