Ajuda National Palace - Lisbon
Ajuda National Palace -
Palácio da Ajuda
Ajuda National Palace was the last official residence of the Portuguese royal family and is a place that impresses both for its monumentality and for its history.
The Ajuda National Palace is close to the main attractions of Belém and is a magical place that makes us travel back in time and worth being on your itinerary in Lisbon.
When the 1755 earthquake destroyed the Paço da Ribeira, which was where Commerce Square is today and which housed the royal family for more than 200 years, King José I decided to build a new palace in the Ajuda region. little affected by the tremor.
It is said that with tragedy the King acquired a phobia of buildings made of stone. Thus, initially, the Ajuda Palace was made of wood - what made it known as the "Royal Barraca".
Highlights of Ajuda Palace
The various rooms of the Ajuda Palace are magnificent and remain as they would be at the end of the Monarchy.
The palace has two floors: the ground floor, where are the royal family rooms, and the noble floor, which was used in the gala ceremonies. Among the several rooms of the Ajuda Palace, we highlight:
- Large dining room - this luxurious hall was the scene of the biggest banquets of the Royal Family and remarkable episodes of life in the Court, such as the marriage of King D. Carlos I. This magnificent room is still used in the banquets of the Presidency of the Republic.
- Queen's Portrait Room - highlight the chairs with marine motifs, which belonged to the ship that took the royal family to Brazil in 1807, due to the French invasions. They returned to Ajuda Palace with King D. João VI in 1821.
- Dispatch Room - was where the king made the dispatch of official affairs and where are highlighted the tapestries inspired by the life of Alexander the Great.
"Throne Room, " this was where the hand-kissing ceremony took place, where the subjects demonstrated their loyalty to the king. It was in this room that D. Pedro IV (D. Pedro I of Brazil) swore the Constitutional Charter of 1826, inspired by the Brazilian Constitution.
- Marble Room - the alabaster walls was a gift from the Viceroy of Egypt, to the room that functioned as a place of leisure and winter garden.
Entrance Fee - Adult 5€
Food - No - Near By
Tram - 18
Bus - 760 from Praça do Comércio
Street Parking - Yes
Car Park - Near By Paid
Closed - Wednesdays and Holidays
Largo Ajuda 1349-021, Lisboa