5 remarkable palaces in Lisbon

1) Casa do Alentejo

It’s hard to imagine the wonders that are kept inside of the Casa do Alentejo. The interiors are of Neo-Moorish inspiration, with richly decorated palatial rooms, a restaurant and a grand hall that is the perfect décor for the social functions and cultural events that take place regularly.

entirely tiled reception at the Casa Do Alentejo

Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 58

+351 21 340 5140

http://www.casadoalentejo.com.pt

2) Palácio Foz

This palace (which can only be visited by groups with a reservation) was built in the late 1700s and shows a blend of several architectural styles, from baroque to Neo-Manueline. Its rooms rival in grandeur with those of the royal palace.

crystal chandelier and gold-plated ceiling at Palacio Foz

Praça dos Restauradores

+351 21 322 1200

3) Palácio da Ajuda

After the big 1755 earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the royal palace located on the riverfront, the royal family decided to build a new palace on a hopefully safer, higher ground above Belém. The palace was never fully completed but the existing part is worth a visit because of the richness of the décor and the grandeur of the rooms.

a luxurious room with chandelier at the Palacio da Ajuda

4) Castelo de São Jorge

The history of Lisbon is that of its castle, which stands on a vantage point, high above all the other hills of the city. The oldest archaeological findings date from the 6th century, thus the castle is about 1500 years old. It was a royal residence until the royal family moved to the palace of Ribeira in the 16th century.

the Castelo de Sao Jorge and roofs of Lisbon

5) Assembleia da RepÚblica

The Portuguese National Assembly (Palace of São Bento) occupies a former 16th-century monastery that was desecrated and transformed into a neoclassical palace. It is open for visits and you can even attend the parliamentary sessions if you are at all curious about how politics are conducted in Portugal.

exterior of the building of Assembleia da Republica

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