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The Palace of Queluz

An Austrian friend is a specialist of castles in Europe.  He likes to travel with cruise, going to different countries.  He had only one day for Lisbon in one of his cruise trips.  It is the first time that he landed his feet at Lisbon.  He did not choose any other key sightseeing points but went straight to the Palace of Queluz and was amazed with its beauty.  My trip partner took his recommendation.  It's very worthwhile.  The palace is beautiful inside and so as the exterior including the garden.  Restoration and enhancement efforts made the Palace of Queluz one of the most beautiful palaces in Portugal.

The Palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza who later became husband and then king consort to his own niece Queen Maria I. The construction of the palace began in 1747. After the destruction of Ajuda Palace in 1794 (by fire), Queluz Palace became the official residence of the royal family until they fled to Brazil in 1807 following the French invasio…

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