Often called the Portuguese Versailles this Neo-Classic Palace was the Court summer residence.

The Palace

Commissioned in 1747 by Prince Peter, later King Peter III , the palace would not be finished until after his marriage in 1760 to future Queen Maria I .

Queluz, which has not infrequently been compared with Versailles Palace because of its façades and French-style gardens with a profusion of fountains, statues, trees and well-shaped shrubs, differs from Louis XIV's edifice in the sense of scale and proportions revealed in its lines, perhaps with a more balanced distribution of graphic values within Neo-Classicism .

Only the force and exuberance of the pavilion conceived by French architect Jean-Baptiste Robillion, with its strong French and Austrian influence, strikes a more 'evolved' note, for all the rest is thoroughly Portuguese, its scale and ln the artistic spirit itself.

Nowadays the Palace is the official residence of foreign personalities who are received by the Portuguese State, as well as being used for many concerts exhibitions and pageants.

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Throne Hall of Queluz Palace

Throne Hall - Major audience room of the Palace

Music Room of Queluz Palace

Music Room

Lantern Room of Queluz Palace

Lantern Room decorated with the portrait (the largest of the palace) of King Miguel I

Smoking Room of Queluz Palace

Smoking Room

Dining Room of Queluz Palace

Dining Room

Corridor of the Azulejos of Queluz Palace

Corridor of the Azulejos

Torch Room of Queluz Palace

Torch Room

King José Style Bedroom of Queluz Palace

King José Style Bedroom

Archers' Room of Queluz Palace

Archers' Room

Waiting Room of Queluz Palace

Waiting Room

Hall of the Ambassadors of Queluz Palace

Ambassadors' Hall

Tea Room of Queluz Palace

Tea Room

Queen's Apartments of Queluz Palace

Queen's Apartment

The Gardens

Seteais Palace Garden

The sumptuous gardens of Queluz, reveal a scenic conception of considerable vision, which must be attributed to the French architect Jean-Baptiste Robillion and the Dutch gardener Joseph van der Kolk, according to the then prevailing 'French taste'.

The ponds and fountains, the numerous Rococo statues, the marble vases, dividing and strictly demarcating the carefully planed green zones, the Baroque cascades, the lakes and sizeable canal (once navigable, and decorated with 18th Century Azulejos ), all express a taste with attention to detail and opulent effect that enlivens the actual architectural ensemble of the Palace.

The Pousada Dona Maria I

The 26 rooms Pousada D. Maria I, part of the Pousadas de Portugal hotel network , is located in the building formerly used by the Royal Guard of the Court.

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The Restaurant Cozinha Velha

Queluz Pousada's Restaurant

The reputed Pousada's restaurant Cozinha Velha offers French inspired cuisine in the former kitchen of the building.

Getting there

Coordinates: 38.750535; -9.590049

Address: Largo do Palácio Nacional, 2745-102 Queluz Portugal

15 km from Sintra National Palace (Sintra's historical centre)

From Sintra

Train Sintra line

17 minutes from Portela de Sintra 19 from Sintra

Frequency:
Every 5 minutes during the week, 15 minutes the weekend
Timetable

Itinerary:
Sintra <-2 min-> Portela de Sintra <-17 min-> Monte de Abraão the Palace is 1 km away <-2 min-> Queluz-Belas the Palace is 1.1 km away <-13 min-> Sete Rios <-3 min-> Entrecampos <-2 min-> Roma-Areeiro <-8 min-> Oriente

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Public transportation in Sintra

From Lisbon

Oriente - Sintra
13 to 25 minutes (according the station) from Lisbon

Frequency:
Every 10 minutes during the week, 30 minutes the weekend
Timetable

Itinerary:
Oriente <-8 min-> Roma-Areeiro <-2 min-> Entrecampos <-3 min-> Sete Rios <-13 min-> Queluz-Belas the Palace is 1.1 km away <-2 min-> Monte de Abraão the Palace is 1 km away <-17 min-> Portela de Sintra <-2 min-> Sintra

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Public transportation in Sintra

Rossio - Sintra
18 minutes from Lisbon Rossio Station

Frequency:
Every 10 minutes during the week, 30 minutes the weekend
Timetable

Itinerary:
Rossio <-18 min-> Queluz-Belas the Palace is 1.1 km away <-2 min-> Monte de Abraão the Palace is 1 km away <-17 min-> Portela de Sintra <-2 min-> Sintra

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Public transportation in Sintra

€ Prices valid up to Oct 28, 2017

Palace & Gardens

Adult (18-64 years) Entry 10,00
Youth (6-17 years) Entry 8,50
Senior (over 65 years) Entry 8,50
Family (2 adults + 2 children) Entry 33,00

Palace & Gardens
Happy Hour from 15:30 until 18:00

Adult (18-64 years) Entry 8,00
Youth (6-17 years) Entry 6,50
Senior (over 65 years) Entry 6,50
Family (2 adults + 2 children) Entry 26,00

Gardens

Adult (18-64 years) Entry 5,00
Youth (6-17 years) Entry 3,50
Senior (over 64 years) Entry 3,50
Family (2 adults + 2 children) Entry 15,00

Opening hours

Open all year except December 25th and January 1st

Last entry 1 hour before closing time

Winter 2016-2017 up to

From 09:00 until 18:00

2017 up to

From 09:00 until 19:00

Queluz Palace fountain and garden