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Palace of the Marquises

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Address: Largo Sao Domingos de Benfica 1 | Fronteira Palace, Lisbon 1500-554, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 21 778 2023
10:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Seventeenth Century Palace placed in an ancient Quinta de Recreio...

Seventeenth Century Palace placed in an ancient Quinta de Recreio (recreation farm) which includes a formal garden, an informal garden and woods. The exterior and interiors of the Palace are decorated with the largest and best collection of Portuguese seventeenth-century "azulejos" (decorative tiles) still in their original location known today. The gardens are decorated with fountains, statues and other constructions from the seventeenth century, which are refreshing and make the walk through the premises a continuous delight. Although this is an inhabited Palace still today, visitors are welcome to take guided tours of the inside and enjoy visiting some of the most beautiful rooms, the Library, the terrace with "azulejo" panels representing the Liberal Arts, and the Chapel. The fact that this is an inhabited living space is part of its very special atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a souvenir shop managed by the Association of the Friends of the Fronteira Palace.

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An amazing James Bond filming location (for OHMSS) as well as one of the oldest houses left in Lisbon. I wouldn't recommend the tour, I found it kind of boring, but it is a decent... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Barrie, Canada
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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing James Bond filming location (for OHMSS) as well as one of the oldest houses left in Lisbon. I wouldn't recommend the tour, I found it kind of boring, but it is a decent little history lesson. The gardens are why you would come here, which is well worth the 5-10 Euros!

1 Thank ALBarrie
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm surprised this place isn't ranked higher on the list of Things To Do in Lisbon. Perhaps because it is a bit out of the way? Also, the website wasn't the easiest to maneuver to figure out visit times. Regardless, I took the Metro to the Zoo station. Even though I had a map, I promptly got lost because the... More 

2 Thank KPfeff
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

I have actually lived most of my life in greater lisbon but had not idea this place existed and how shameful i fell now after going there. It is a very beautiful palace and gardens that you will not regret visiting! And because its a place that is still used as the family house, you get to experience it in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This is a bit tricky to get to, but I was able to walk in about 20 minutes from Zoo Metro stop along highway across pedestrian overpass bridge. It is only open from 10:30-1pm and tours of the interior only 11am and 12 pm. It is still inhabited by the 13th (?) Marquis and his family, so that is why... More 

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palaciofronteira, Assessor Cultural at Palace of the Marquises, responded to this review

Thank you for your appreciation. The Foundation is negotiating with public transportation agencies to have better access to the Palace. We hop that in the near future it will become much easier to reach. You are always welcome! More 

Juneau, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This was one of the highlights of our Lisbon trip although I had not even heard of the place beforehand. I had seen some beautiful postcards of unique cat tiles, but had no idea they were here. The "palace" was a former hunting lodge for the Marquis and has spectacular gardens and patios full of luscious blue tiles and painted... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This was a must see on my Lisbon agenda. Getting there was another matter. We took the 758 bus and exited at the Zoological Gardens. But directions never said, with take a taxi or the 770 bus which would leave you at the doorstep.. We walked and had to get directions : first from a policeman and then from the... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This was the MOST amazing garden ever. I was truly in dream land as i am an enormous blue person, the creativity was explosive. There was a photo op at every turn. the black swan was hilarious, so cheeky. Even if you are not an Azulejos fanatic, its definately worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

You cannot enter inside the palace without a guide but you can go see the gardens that are already very beautiful. The guide speaks english, french and portuguese really well. The visit is amazing and the palace has a lot of rooms in different styles with fabulous Azulejos (portuguese tiles). The history of the family is really interesting and the... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

We visited this attraction using the metro, exiting at the stop for Lisbon Zoo. It is about a mile walk to the Palace involving a bridge over a main road. There was a bus to the entrance, but it did not run very often. There is a small entrance fee and there are postcards for sale at the ticket desk.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Senti to a wedding, impressive location! Marvelous, a true historic gem. Lovely gardens, impressive tile work, a must see.

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