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The Queluz National Palace, an 18th-century palace located at Queluz in Portugal, is a National Monument of both civic and historical significance.
One of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I.
Work on the palace began in 1747 under the architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira. Although it is much smaller, the palace is often referred to as the Portuguese Versailles.

The Hall of Ambassadors, sometimes called the throne room or the Hall of Mirrors, was designed by Robillon in 1757 and is one of the largest reception rooms in the palace. This long low room has a ceiling painted by Francisco de Melo depicting the Portuguese royal family attending a concert during the reign of Queen Maria I. The room is extremely wide and light, spanning the full width of the palace, with tall windows on both sides. The throne dais, set in an apse, is flanked by gilded and mirrored columns, and the floor is a chequer board pattern of black and white marble tiles.


Hall of Ambassadors

In 1908, it became the property of the state. A serious fire in 1934 gutted the interior of the palace.
Subsequently it was extensively restored and today is open to the public as a major tourist attraction.

Information from Tour Guide and Wikipedia.

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Comments

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 3 years ago

    wow – glad you did!

  • I think the whole of this Palace inside and out is a “must see” for anyone visiting Portugal :)
    Thanks very much for your enthusiastic comments Michael !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 3 years ago

    A very beautiful building Trish. Great info.

  • Lilian, thank you very much for your lovely comments !
    It is an amazing place to visit :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 3 years ago

    Fantastic photo, Trish. Imagine the cost of maintaining something like that. It’s not like you could check the local classifieds for a house painter.

  • Thanks heaps for the “fantastic” wrap Gary !
    Definitely needs skilled artisans in many areas of the upkeep !
    I guess the mighty tourist Euro helps quite a bit :) :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago

    Beautiful architecture, excellent presentation

  • Byron, thank you very much for your enthusiastic comments !

    – Trish Meyer

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 3 years ago

    Magnificent architecture!

  • Architecture and decoration inside and out is amazing … thanks Kathryn !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture, beautiful building and ceiling.

  • Rosalie, thanks so much for your fantastic comments !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 3 years ago

    Soooo beautiful Trish… great capture!!!!

  • Thanks so much Debbie for your great comments and fave !

    – Trish Meyer

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • Andrea, thank you for accepting !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Kath Whitchurch
    Kath Whitchurchover 3 years ago

    Love the symmetry Trish!! What an amazing work of art!

  • Thanks so much Kath for your comments !
    It’s an amazing place !

    – Trish Meyer

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 3 years ago

    What great architecture, a magnificent ceiling captured beautifully, thanks for sharing Trish !

  • Elfie, it is indeed great architecture and wonderful decoration !
    Thanks so much for your beautiful comments and fave !

    – Trish Meyer

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