Palace of Queluz

Discover the Palace of Queluz, Portugal's answer to Versailles, where opulent Rococo interiors meld seamlessly with mesmerizing landscaped gardens, capturing the essence of 18th-century European splendor. Read more

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Situated in Sintra's outskirts, the Palace of Queluz is one of the most sumptuous Rococo edifices in Europe, reflecting the grandeur of the Portuguese royal court in the 18th century. Originally conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, it later became the official residence of the royal family. The palace beautifully combines baroque, Rococo, and neoclassical architectural elements. Its interiors are adorned with intricate stucco work, lavish decorative tiles (azulejos), and grand frescoes. The sprawling gardens, inspired by French design, boast sculpted fountains, ornate statues, and meticulously curated flora, making them an idyllic backdrop to the palace.
Visiting the Palace of Queluz is like stepping into a fairy tale, where every corner, from its majestic interiors to its poetic gardens, narrates tales of royal extravagance, love, and artistic prowess.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Palace of Queluz

Throne Room

A testament to the palace's opulence, this room dazzles with its gilded woodwork, grand chandeliers, and impressive frescoes.

Music Room

Adorned with intricate Rococo details and hosting musical performances in the past, this room resonates with the palace's artistic spirit.

Ambassador's Room

An epitome of elegance, this room showcases the fine craftsmanship and artistry of the 18th-century decorators.


A divine blend of the baroque and Rococo styles, the palace's chapel is a serene space with ornate azulejos and woodwork.

Robillon Pavilion

Dominating the gardens, this pavilion designed by the French architect Robillon is a prime example of Rococo architecture.

Tiled Canal (Canal dos Azulejos)

Lined with decorative tiles depicting various seascapes, this canal once saw gondolas gliding through for the entertainment of the royals.

Malta Garden

This geometric garden, with its meticulous designs, is a captivating outdoor space within the palace grounds.

Fountain of Neptune

An iconic feature of the gardens, this sculpted fountain represents the God of the Sea, Neptune, surrounded by tritons and nereids.

Historical Kitchen Garden

A revived 18th-century kitchen garden, it now cultivates historical varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

The Palace's Collections

The Palace of Queluz houses a rich collection of decorative arts, including porcelain, silverware, and tapestries from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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