Ajuda National Palace
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The Ajuda National Palace
On a visit to the Belem district of Lisbon, I took a tour of the Palace which was built from 1796 to 1860. The palace is an example of the striking neoclassical architectural design of the time. The Ajuda Palace became the permanent residence of the Royal Family, King Luis I and his wife, Maria of Savoy in 1861. This palace is filled with elaborate furniture, art works, tapestries, and statues. The splendor of this particular Palace was the result of the vast wealth coming from the Portuguese colony of Brazil in the 18th century. When diamonds were discovered in the colony, the result was immense wealth for Portugal. I was impressed and awed with the elaborate, elegance displayed in every room. The King's room and the Queen's room were favorites. The Throne room was as vast as it was sumptuous with the two grand thrones positioned on the dais. But my favorite was the formal Grand Dining Hall where the state dinners were held. The long table was impressive with its brocade upholstered chairs and grand chandelier. I imagined a state dinner being held and all the royalty seated and being waited on "hand and foot". This tour was an historic journey through another era: The reign of a King and his Queen in Portugal in the19th century. Try not to miss this tour. Take trolley #15 from downtown Lisbon. Free with the Lisboa Card as is the Palace. While in Belem, visit all the listed attractions. The Tower of Belem, Coach Museum, or Jeronimos, etc. www.lisbon-tourism.com
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