5 remarkable palaces

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.

Lisbon - 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.

Lisbon - 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.

Lisbon - 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.

Lisbon - Castelo de Sao Jorge

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.

Lisbon - Assembleia da Republica

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