Mafra Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes
  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes
  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes

Mafra Things to Do

  • The Monastery

    Immense, rich, millions spent for... what? It is the greatest monument of the Portuguese baroque, and that is useful nowadays, when tourism became an important industry. But when Europe started the Industrial Revolution couldn't king João V find a better way to use the gold from Brazil? Well, it's done, and it's there. The church and the royal...

  • Palace

    It's a long walk, visiting all the palace. The most remarkable thing is that the luxury placed in the building is not followed inside: many large rooms, well decorated, good artworks, but not the richness I expected.Anyway, the contrast with the eastern side, where, for nine months, I was on of the more than 2000 training officers, is absolute!

  • Church

    From outside, the monastery impresses for its size; from inside it's the richness of the used materials that call our attention. Built in the years when the gold came in tons from Brazil, it is the perfect monument to the useless ways of spending fortunes.

  • The Palace and Convent in Mafra

    Well worth a visit. As a senior, I paid only €3 for admission (regular ticket is €6). Then I bought a small guidebook for only €1.The place is gigantic, although not as big as Versailles (nor as elaborate). With about 1 km. of hallways, and room after room, it's a bit overwhelming.The highlight, for me, was the magnificent library. The custodian...

  • The Basilica of Mafra

    The Basilica occupies central location in the vast complex of the monastery. The building of this Basilica was in fulfillment of a vow by the King, D. Joao V, if his wife bore him a child. The construction began in 1717 after a daughter was born to the Queen. The palace and the convent flanks the Basilica on its left and right sides. This Basilica...

  • Only Palace

    We got to Mafra from Lisbon - by train to SIntra and after - by bus from Sintra to Mafra and I must say I'd prefer to spend one more day in Lisbon, Sintra or on the oceanside. The travel takes too much time (I'm not sure we chose the best way yo get to), and there is nothing to see except the Palace. Palace is huge, but except some authentic...

  • Mafra National Palace

    The impressive Mafra National Palace was commenced in 1717 in the reign of D. João V. This Baroque Palace when finished was enlarged to include 880 rooms and 330 cells for its monks. It also includes a small hospital and pharmacy, and a prize library. The Palace was inaugurated in 1730 with a celebration that lasted eight days that included some of...

  • Windmills of Malveira

    Malveira is a small village located 8Km distance from Mafra. In this village, up in the hill we can find several windmills.

  • Igreja de Santo André

    This small temple is dedicated to Saint André, but even if it's small, it has a heavy look due to it's romanesque-gothic style, dating back from the 13th century.


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    Christmas lights

    by solopes Updated Mar 6, 2015

    It's becoming a new tradition, the decoration of historic buildings for Christmas.

    Good taste was present in Mafra, were a huge and well planned illumination enhanced the convent's majesty even under a light foggy rain.

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Mafra Off The Beaten Path

  • The statues

    Mafra is said to have more than 450 statues. I spent there 9 months (yes... living INSIDE the monastery), and never found them! "Smashed" by the immense building, it's easy to miss the details. In a couple of recent visits I remenbered it, and could find two of them. Good! There are only four hundred and fity something left to see!

  • My Statue

    I didn't know! I have a statue in Mafra. Close to the monastery, and celebrating its use as Infantry school, it was built a recent statue. I was in Infantry... I was in the school... I fought the war in Africa... look at the guy in the left! Where did they get my picture?

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  • Useful items around the "house"

    Any household, no matter how small or how big, has "things" that they use around the house.Mafra, big as it is, is no exception and here is a small collection of what we found there, from the mobile toilet to the games and musical intruments.

  • Statues and Portraits

    Really liked several of the paintings here at Mafra. As a general rule have not liked most of the portraits and scenes found in many homes, castles, palaces and the like, they seem to dark and dreary for the most part.The third photo shows a half circle painting, beautifully done and the fact that it is not the regular rectangular form also draws...

  • Rooms

    Numerous rooms in Mafra contain some of the furniture used centuries ago, others have musical instruments, like the harpsicord that you seldom (or never) see today. Even the area dedicated to the "patients recovery" was well decorated and created a small private niche where a person could recover without hinderance of being crammed into a too tiny...


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