The Palace of Queluz (Portuguese: Palácio de Queluz, Portuguese pronunciation: [kɛˈɫuʃ]) is an 18th-century palace located at Queluz, a city of the Sintra Municipality, in the Lisbon District, on the Portuguese Riviera. One of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death in 1786. Following the destruction by fire of the Ajuda Palace in 1794, Queluz Palace became the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent John VI, and his family and remained so until the royal family fled to the Portuguese colony of Brazil in 1807 following the French invasion of Portugal.
Work on the palace began in 1747 under Portuguese architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira. Despite being far smaller, the palace is often referred to as the Portuguese Versailles. From 1826, the palace slowly fell from favour with the Portuguese sovereigns. In 1908, it became the property of the state. Following a serious fire in 1934, which gutted one-third of the interior, the palace was extensively restored, and today is open to the public as a major tourist attraction.
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João Victor Pontes | Jan 18, 2018
This place is just marvelous. It is totally valued all the dedicated time and money spent to go to this palace (by car, bus or other mean of transportation) and also to acquire the entrance tickets. Every room and every little counter of this palace is beautiful and full of history. It definitely looks like there will appear, by anytime, some prince or princess to talk to you or to drink a cup of tea in the nearest room. The visit here is very pleasant and is very well enjoyed if you dedicate a good amount of time to do the tour (I believe 2 hours is good). I say this due to the fact that this place is full of details and information signs that you really need to read and admire in order to learn a little more about the history of Portugal and the world. Specifically, this place is very special to the Portuguese and the Brazilian people due to the fact that the prince Dom Pedro IV (or I to the Brazilians) was born and dead in a room inside this palace. It is very delightful to be able to be right in the same place were a personality so relevant to both countries was. Also, this palace has a great infrastructure to be utilized by the visitors. There is some clean and big restrooms and also a cafeteria to make a stop to drink or eat something while rest a little bit before going to visit the outside gardens of the palace, another place very nice to get to know.
Leon Bendik | Mar 21, 2018
It was a great experience to see one of the biggest Rococo buildings in Europe. The ticket prices were very reasonable and the employee were very friendly and told us a lot about the building and its history. Despite the bad weather the outside area was quite fascinating as well. Have a look at a variety of citrus trees and a small creek.
Jorge Coelho | Mar 27, 2018
Great palace to visit. Still has lots of it's original furnishings. Great ceilings and walls paintings. The grounds are amazing as well.
Paul Sarkisian | Mar 1, 2018
Gorgeous palace. I and my wife visited it on wednesday afternoon and were very surprised. There was absolutely no other visitor there at that time. Which i guess is nice. Worth to visit.
Zane Risa | Feb 1, 2018
Lovely garden, exquisite interior! Loved the exposition and time spent there! Perfect choice for a half day outside of Lisbon! Also easy to get there by public transport.
Kevin A. Virgilio | Apr 20, 2018
This palace is a beautiful and decadent example of an era gone by. The renovated gardens and the string of rooms designed in the rococo style are sure to impress tourists from around the world. Don't mind the ugly depictions of inbred royals hanging on every wall, it's just what happens when your mother is also your first cousin and your father is also your great uncle. Don't touch anything, but be sure to check out the honeycomb ceiling in the room where people would drink chocolate after dinner.
Simon D | May 5, 2018
Absolutely wonderful. Not too far from Lisbon, it’s easy to make it a half-day trip. Super quiet, we were basically the only ones there... on a Saturday! Yes, the place is not as grand as Versailles, but that’s not really the point. They seem to have an extensive restauration plan in place, and it is actually interesting to see the whole process unfold. Some places are pristine, some sections are under renovation, and others seem to need some care, but everywhere is beautiful. Don’t miss the vegetable garden tucked in a corner. The pineapple hot houses are of interest. Can’t wait to go back and see the renovated waterfall in operation.
Marko Babić | May 14, 2018
Interesting place to visit. Years of history visible on the building itself. Needs slight refurbishing, but still worth of visit. Some works in progress at the moment. The beautiful garden is a bit forgotten, as well, however, it tells a story about the previous centuries. Lovely
Sanda Beuran | May 8, 2018
Beautiful palace in Queluz, 15 minutes by train from Lisbon. I think is the best palace, better that the ones in Sintra. Very nice inside decorations, furniture and outside gardens. They are still repairing all and soon it will be of great tourist interest. Go there and you will not regret!
Kimble Young | Jul 11, 2018
The Versailles of Lisbon and much closer to the city. The palace is fairly bare but there are some good examples of azulejos outside and a few rooms well adorned on the inside to make up for it. Four stars because it's a little pricey for an hour's worth of fun unless you really want to take your time. During summer holidays there's lots to do for the kids
Jean-Philippe Drécourt | Aug 9, 2018
A lovely palace off the beaten track. A good alternative to the busy Sintra especially during the summer. The real attraction is the gardens, including a newly refurbished botanical garden with greenhouses containing pineapples.
Cibo Denji | Aug 8, 2018
Very good palace! The gardens should be a little more tended. It has a very nice equestrian library!
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