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Begun in 1747 by the Infante Dom Pedro (later to become Dom Pedro III) on the basis of a former country mansion of the Marquises of Castelo Rodrigo, Queluz Palace (classified as a National Monument) at that time began to be adapted for use as a summer seat of the Royal Family.

The main body of the Palace, erected by 1758, with its low sinuous forms and harmonious intimist decoration, was completed after the marriage of the Infante Dom Pedro to Dona Maria Francisca, the future Dona Maria I (1760), at which time the opulent interior halls were embellished, as were the luxurious Palace gardens, which were endowed with Baroque fountains, statues and places for recreation. An important part in these improvements was taken by the great French architect Robillion (died 1782), who was responsible for the well known "Robillion Pavilion".

Queluz, which has not infrequently been compared with Versailles Palace, differs from Louis XIV's edifice (in fact of earlier date) in the sense of scale and proportions revealed in its lines, perhaps with a more balanced distribution of graphic values, within a neo-classicism as yet not bound to the rococo formulae. Only the force and exuberance of the pavilion conceived by Robillion, with its strong French and Austrian influence, strikes a more "evolved" note, for all the rest is thoroughly Portuguese, its scale and in the artistic spirit itself.

A Pousada is located in the building formerly used by the Royal Guard of the Court
Shows of the Portuguese Cavalry School at 11:00 every Thursdays between May and October (except in August). Guided Tour

Situated 15 km from Old Quarter
Lg. do Palácio Nacional
2745-191 Queluz
Access: IC 19 (Sintra-Lisbon), turn-off to Queluz
Opening Hours: 9.30 - 17.00
Last entry at 16.00
Closed Tuesday
Admission: (Palace & Gardens) 4 €
Youth Card, Senior Citizens & 15 - 25 yr olds: Discount, under 14 yrs old free

The
gardens are open from 9:00 till 18.00.

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