Queluz Palace & Gardens

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Basic info

Type of attraction

Palace & Gardens

Portuguese name

Palácio Nacional e Jardins de Queluz

Location

Largo Palácio de Queluz, 2745-191 Queluz

Website
Email
+351 219 237 300

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How to visit

Prices

Palace + Gardens of Queluz
Adult (18 to 64): 13,00€
Young (6 to 17): 10,00€
Senior (over 65): 10,00€
Family ticket (2A + 2Y): 35,00€

Gardens of Queluz
Adult (18 to 64): 6,00€
Young (6 to 17): 4,50€
Senior (over 65): 4,50€
Family ticket (2A + 2Y): 15,00€

Free access
  • Children under 6
Opening times

Palace
9 am — 6 pm (daily)

Gardens
9 am — 6:30 pm (daily)

Last Ticket & Last Admission: 5:30 pm

Ticket Office Closed: 12 pm – 1 pm

Automatic Ticket vending machine available.

Closing days

December 24, 25, 31 & January 1

Location

Largo Palácio de Queluz, 2745-191 Queluz

Public transports

Lisbon > Queluz
Bus 1717 (Carris): Bus Stop in Queluz (Palácio)
Train (CP): Sintra Line (Stop at Queluz-Belas station)
+ 15 min walk

Sintra > Queluz
Train (CP): Sintra Line (Stop at Queluz-Belas station)
+ 15 min walk

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More details

  • Throne Room: dates from around 1770. It’s notable for its Rococo style quite visible in its gilded wooden ornaments. The sculptor-carver Silvestre Faria Lobo crafted the Atlas figures that seem to uphold the ceiling.
  • Ambassadors Room: where King John VI held meetings with noblemen and diplomats. Ostentatious chinese porcelain vases rest on gilded pedestals. Also noteworthy are the two dais with thrones and the central ceiling painting featuring the royal family attending a concert.
  • Music Room: embellished with crafted carved wood and depictions of violins and other musical instruments. A valuable Clementi pianoforte is a piece worth admiring.
  • Room of the Skylight: is dominated by the large portrait of King Miguel.
  • Chapel: projected by Mateus Vicente de Oliveira and finished in 1752. On the main altar stands out the painting by André Gonçalves of Our Lady of Conception, the patron of Queluz.
  • Robillion Pavilion: this eastern wing added to the Palace was overseen by Jean-Baptiste Robillion.
  • Don Quixote Room: owes its name to the decorating paintings of scenes from “Don Quixote de la Mancha”. Several children of King John VI and Queen Carlota Joaquina were born in this room.
  • Queluz Gardens: harmonious geometric design of flower beds and lakes by Jean Baptiste Robillion. Features many classical sculptures, of which the lead statues from John Cheere’s workshop stand out.

1654 – King John IV institutes the House of Infantado, incorporating the Queluz Country House.

1747 – Expansion works on The Old Palace commissioned by Prince Peter (future King Peter III) and overseen by architect Mateus de Vicente de Oliveira.

1760 – Further extension works in charge of Jean-Baptiste Robillion.

1794 – The Palace of Queluz becomes the main residence of Queen Mary I and Prince Regent John VI and his wife Carlota Joaquina. New construction works are needed to accommodate the court and its servants.

1807 – To escape the Napoleonic invasions, the royal family and the court flee to Brazil.

1821 – Return of King John VI to Portugal. The Palace of Queluz is once again inhabited when Queen Carlota Joaquina is relocated there in isolation due to conspiracy charges.

1834 – Peter IV, winner of the civil war, dies in the Palace of Queluz, in the same room where he was born (Don Quixote Room).

1957 – The Mary I Pavilion starts to house the heads of state during their official visits to Portugal.

1996 – Relocation of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art to the facilities of the Gardens of the National Palace of Queluz.

the surroundings

  • Roque Gameiro House (2 km)
  • Quinta Nova da Assunção (3,5 km)
  • Vasco da Gama Aquarium (10,1 km)
  • Jeronimos Monastery (11,1 km)
  • Retiro do Palácio (150 m)
  • Restaurante d’El Rei (160 m)
  • Retiro da Mina (230 m)
  • Buona Serra Pizzaria (300 m)