MONUMENTS & HERITAGE, MUSEUMS & CULTURAL
PALÁCIO NACIONAL DA AJUDA
PALÁCIO NACIONAL DA AJUDA
MONUMENTS & HERITAGE, MUSEUMS & CULTURAL
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

The Ajuda National Palace owes its existence to the 1755 earthquake that destroyed the sumptuous Royal Palace of Ribeira. On the day of the disaster the royal family was in the area of Belém, an area that was little affected, and therefore was chosen for the construction of a new royal residence in wood. The new palace, popularly called "The Real Tent of Ajuda", was the residence of the court for about three decades until, in 1794, a fire destroyed it completely. The current palace was built on the same site, but now of stone and lime, according to the architectural trends of the Baroque. With the French invasion and the flight of the royal family to Brazil, it remained unfinished. Only with the ascent of King Dom Luis I to the throne (1838-1889), finally acquired the status of a royal palace. The changes occurred in the decoration of the interiors since 1862, year of the royal wedding with Princess D. Maria Pia of Savoy.

In 1910, when the Republic was established, the palace was declared a National Monument and closed. Only in 1968 reopened as a museum. With the program "One Room, One Patron", started in 1996 the reconstitution of the royal residence, as faithfully as possible, with several rooms being restored after a rigorous historical research.

Today, the Ajuda National Palace is used for state protocol and representation ceremonies. It is now one of the most important museums of decorative arts in the country. The space open to the public includes two floors: the Ground Floor, where many of the private quarters of the royal family were, and the Noble floor, where the gala receptions were held.

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ADDRESS

Largo da Ajuda

1349-021 Lisboa
38.7075880692165, -9.19783560318047
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(+351) 213 637 095 geral@pnajuda.dgpc.pt
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Thursday to Tuesday, 10am-6pm. Closes Wednesday, 1st of January, Easter Sunday & Christmas day

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