In addition to the formal garden in the front, there is a vast back garden. Be sure not to miss it, both for the wonderful shade it offers, as well as for the view of this stunning azulejo grotto. You will admire the work and skill that were put into making this beautiful architectural monument.
Throne Room is one of the most impressive rooms of the palace, even though the original floor has not sirvived. Most of the furniture of the palace has been taken by the royal family to Brazil as they fleed the French during Napoleon's invasion. Most of the other rooms are a lot less opulent.
My favorite room is the sunny Room of Azulejos where you can see many fine examples of this traditional Portuguese art.
Another impressive room is the Ambassadors' Room, which is where the royals were meeting foreign dignitaries in the XIX centuries. It is very large and richly decorated.
One more room that had caught my attention was the royal bedroom with its fine parque floor and decorations.
This palace was built by Queen Maria I, whose statue graces the square in front of it. This palace is not 100%-preserved, as it has suffered significantly during the French occupation and the subsequent passage of time, but it still has retained a lot to impress a visitor. You may even dine in the original kitchen if you wish, and the place does sometimes host high-ranking guests of the state.
There is a beautifully landscaped garden in the palace, visit to which is included in the E4 entrance fee.
Sometimes when I look at these pictures I almost think that they weren't taken in Portugal, although the state rooms aren't in their best condition (as many other things in Portugal) this palace is very beautiful....
The Hanging Gardens designed by Robillion, were built over arches, raising the ground in front of the palace above the surounding gardens. Near we find also the Malta Gardens. These gardens were used to perform some classical music concerts, the court started to hear the concert at the music room and then the concert would continue at the gardens.
The Gardens were (as the main building) made as they were in France in Versailles... Please see my travelogues where I have one with some osf the state rooms...
On this picture my mom and wife thought that I didn't have batteries in my camera :)))
Tile Room... Tiles were always a great tradition in Portuguese' architecture, I create a travelogue with more pictures from this room, all 4 walls are covered by tiles representing our former colonies and the 4 seasons.
Infante D. Pedro III ordered to built this Palace in 1.747
- Main: Main facade
- 2nd: Throne Room
- 3rd: Dining Room of the Tiles
- 4th: Ambassadors' Room
- 5th: Don Quixote Room
Once you have visited the Palace, have a nice walk in the beautiful gardens.
Last pic: Neptuno Fountain.
This is the Don Quixote chamber, where our King Pedro IV was born and died.
The chamber has this name because the painted scenes by Manuel da Costa telling the story of Don Quixote.