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Palacio Nacional de Mafra

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Address: Terreiro Dom Joao v, Mafra 2640-492, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 261 817 550
09:00 - 18:00
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This is definitely a must-see and I'd never heard of it till I went to Sintra and was touring around. It is monumental. A Palace that nearly bankrupted a Nation. I don't know... read more

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Dalbeattie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Dalbeattie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is definitely a must-see and I'd never heard of it till I went to Sintra and was touring around. It is monumental. A Palace that nearly bankrupted a Nation. I don't know why some of the other reviewers are so down on it. It's huge. The "chapel" has 9 organs, and the statues outside are as good as any... More 

Thank G4llovidian
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there on a Monday. Departed from Lisboa's Campo Grande Bus Station and it's a 40m journey. Buy your return tickets onboard (can't remember the price but it's definitely under €8.00), the bus will stop slightly infront of Mafra Palace. Unsure of where the entrance was, I took the stairs right infront of the Palace and arrived in the Church... More 

Thank lavieentransit
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took a bus to Mafra, on entering the museum saw a sign: ticket office closed. Opening in 2 hours. A nice man saw us and told us this is just for school tours. (There were many, many school tours taking place.) He told us to get tickets in the gift shop. Once there we saw a sign that said, no... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were really looking forward to seeing this palace, given all the history about the amount of money spent, etc. It was so disappointing. If you are choosing between this place and somewhere else...choose somewhere else. The basilica was beautiful.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Well worth the price of admission. The palace is huge, and we felt like we had it to ourselves. The hunting & game rooms were like nothing I'd seen before; gave a great sense of how wealthy & extravagant the Portuguese monarchy was. The English-language descriptions in the rooms were mainly about the art & architecture, very few explanations about... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Lots of reviews here have covered the impressive palace, especially the library, so I want to focus on the organ concerts that take place in the basilica the first Sunday of the month. This basilica is the only church in the world with six working organs. The organs were built in the early 1800s, and were always intended to be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Impressive monument. This us a must if you visiting the area north of Lisbon. Also the adjacent garden is pleasant. Do visit !!!

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

It is a nice palace. It need more attention to the information. The price is very low tickets. The library is amazing

Thank salivarunner
Salcombe, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Just to see the library is pretty amazing. If you are into palaces and such I can recommend visiting mafra palace

Thank Andrew T
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

speechless...... what a monument..... we were in shock. from the outer part and even more from the inner part.... the history oreserved so well,so real that you really feel that the king will emerge from one of the rooms or you will see him smoking in his tower.... amazing. worth a ling and easy visit....

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