Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

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The Palácio da Ajuda and statue of D. Carlos I

The Palácio Nacional da Ajuda is a historic Portuguese monument and is now a museum. During the time of the kingdom (1139-1910) it was the residence of the royal family .

The palace is located in the Ajuda district of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon .

The former royal library, the Biblioteca da Ajuda, is located here .


The palace in its current form was built in the early 19th century by José da Costa e Silva in the classicism style after the previous building burned down in 1795. Work began in 1802, but the construction work had to be interrupted several times over the course of time, so that the palace could not be completed until 1861, albeit only partially. The renovation of the building is not due to be fully completed until 2018 with the construction work on the west facade.

The palace only became the permanent residence of the royal family again after D. Luís I became king in 1861 and married the Italian princess Maria Pia of Savoy . The Sala Saxe , a gift from the King of Saxony to Maria Pia, is impressive , in which all furniture is decorated with Meissen porcelain . The king's studio, the ballrooms and the huge banquet room with crystal chandeliers, in which the chairs are covered with silk, are also beautiful. The dining room is decorated in light colors and has a gallery where musicians could accompany the meals. The ceiling fresco shows an allegory of the birth of King D. João VI. At the other end of the palace is the neo-Gothic studio of King D. Luís I, which is furnished with carved furniture.

See also

Web links

Commons : Palácio Nacional da Ajuda  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Palácio da Ajuda vai ser concluído 222 anos depois do início das obras . Expresso , September 20, 2016 (Portuguese).

Coordinates: 38 ° 42 '27.4 "  N , 9 ° 11' 53.4"  W.