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The luxurious Queluz National Palace

This is a visit to the beautiful Queluz National Palace where its architectural style is combined with the nature of its gardens giving it a sublime landscape charm and experience in the past with Portugal History.

We left Lisbon on a pleasant morning where we have traveled about twelve kilometers to the Queluz National Palace in the city of Queluz.

Map Queluz Lisbon PortugalMap of the visited location

The Queluz National Palace was built in 1747 by King D. Pedro III orders and it was initially a summer vacation site for the Royal Family and later in 1794 became the permanent residence of future generations of the court.

Here in the Queluz National Palace also with the popular name of Petit Versailles, we will find the Baroque, Rocaille and Neoclassical architectural style. As a typical lush royal resindence of the 18th and 19th centuries, the National Queluz Palace was also the scene of eccentric parties as well as gondola rides on the canal, theater scenes, masquerade balls and evenings of music and literary tales.

Before entering the palace and its gardens, we went to breakfast at the beautiful cafeteria in the level below the Robillion Pavilion belonging to the Queluz National Palace while observing the magnificent space that surrounds it .

Entrance Queluz Palace PortugalOne of the exterior facades at the Queluz National Palace Monument D. Maria I Quleuz Palace PortugalThe monument of Queen D. Maria I, wife of King D. Pedro III
Queluz Palace PortugalIn the tunnel to access the cafeteria of the Quleuz National Palace  Queluz Palace PortugalOn the balcony of the Robillion Pavilion enjoying breakfast
Pavilion Queen D. Maria I  Queluz PalaceIn one of the rooms of the Queen D. Maria I Pavilion where it currently serves as residence of in welcoming foreign heads of state on an official visit to Portugal  Throne Room Queluz Palace PortugalThrone Room with gilded wood adornments. It is one of the largest room in the palace where the great court parties were held. Currently there are concerts and also some banquets offered by the presidency to heads of state visiting Portugal.
Music Room Queluz Palace PortugalMusic Room with a carved wooden rocaille ceiling with the representation of violins and other musical instruments. It was the room of the evenings of music including opera  Lanternin Room  Queluz PalaceLanternin Room or formerly called Dark Room that gives access to the Chapel. There is an opening in the ceiling made during the French invasions dated at 1807
A Capela Palácio de QueluzThe Chapel. The gilt carving is in rocaille style and the walls and ceilings decorated with “fake paintings” imitating marbles and lapis-Lazuli Aposentos da Princesa Maria Francisca Benedita Palácio de QueluzThe accomodation of Princess Maria Francisca Benedita, princess of Brazil and sister of Queen D. Maria I

Dinner Room Queluz PalaceLiving Room

Coffee Room Queluz Palace Portugal Coffee Room
Tiles Room Queluz Palace PortugalCorridor of Tiles representing continents, seasons and scenes from classical mythology
Tiles Room  Queluz PalaceStill yet in the Corridor of Tiles with scenes from classical mythology Room of Archeiros  Queluz PalaceRoom of Archeiros or Bodyguard where was the noble entrance to the palace that gives access to one of the gardens. In the walls the paintings of D. Pedro III and D. Maria I
Embassadors Room Queluz Palace PortugalAmbassadors Room. It was the concert hall of D. Pedro III and the Queen D. Maria I and later on with King D. João VI, the audiance hall and the hand kiss-tribute to the monarch Room D. Quixote de la Mancha  Queluz Palace PortugalDon Quixote’s Room in the Robillion Pavilion. Here was born and died D. Pedro IV King of Portugal and emperor of Brazil. Painting on the wall referring to D. Quixote de la Mancha by Cervantes writer.
 Robillion Pavilion Queluz Palace PortugalRoman inspired facade of the Robillion Pavilion. Inside there are several rooms where it stands out D. Quixote Room (shown above) Queluz Palace PortugalExterior view of the Robillion Pavilion with access to the gardens

One of the great attractions of the Queluz National Palace is no doubt its large and beautiful gardens with a network with a circular paths. There we can find the old canal where the court strolled by gondola and also lakes, sculptures and a waterfall.

Tiles Canal Queluz Palace Portugal

Tiles Canal. Old canal where the court used to make gondola rides.

Lake of Medals Queluz Palace PortugalLakes of Medals
Gardens Queluz PalaceOn the way to the Neptune Fountain
 Neptune Fountain  Queluz Palace PortugalNeptune Fountain with some sculptures from classical mythology. The central figure of Neptune surrounded by mermen Gardens Queluz Palace PortugalOn the way to the Botanical Garden
Palying Tennis Gardens Queluz PalaceThe game site of jeu the paume in French near the Botanical Garden. This game consisted of throwing a leather ball and later evolving into playing tennis Botanical Garden Queluz Palace PortugalView of the Botanical Garden. It was King D. Pedro III pineapple plantation space. In 2008 it was rehabilitated. Here we can find plants from several continents
Botanical Garden roses Queluz Palace PortugalA set of beautiful roses in the Botanical Gardens Agave Botanical Garden  Queluz Palace PortugalAgave plant in the Botanical Garden
Gardens Queluz Palace PortugalThe good mood on the way to the waterfall Waterfall Queluz Palace PortugalThe waterfall with elements in carved stone and grotesque rocks

Queluz Palace PortugalSaying goodbye to the Queluz National Palace in the Garden of Malta with the facade of Room Throne behind in a Baroque style and rocaille decorative elements

Our visit to the Queluz National Palace was a pleasant experience giving a better knowledge of the History of Portugal during the 18th and 19th centuries, highlighting its monumental architectural heritage as well as the relaxing walk along its beautiful and spacious gardens.

We hope that our experience of visiting the Queluz National Palace will inspire our readers and travel lovers to visit this magnificent monument.

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