Ajuda National Palace in One Word: Opulent!

7 thoughts on “Ajuda National Palace in One Word: Opulent!”

  1. I know what to put on my list of things to see next time I’m in Lisboa. Opulent, sometimes gaudy, but awe-inspiring none-the-less. Thanks for sharing the experience and history!


  2. What a feast for the senses. I had to absorb it in 3 installments to finish. How did I miss this when I was in Lisbon for 4 days? Maybe the natives take some of their history for granted; the concierge did not promote this to me – what a missed opportunity!

    I appreciate that you provide a correct pronunciation guide – it seems there are a lot of “zsh” sounds. Somehow I find I think I sound like Zsa Zsa Gabor when I say Portuguese words out loud-, which doesn’t make sense.

    The Humanity sculpture with the attention to detail of the little dog shows such tenderness & love. Again we see the beautiful ceilings; it seems no surface escapes the artistic touch.

    Hey, I want my waiting rooms to be like the Usher’s Room – even if I still have to read 2 year old Popular Mechanics magazines, it’ll make the time pass more pleasantly (once we have the “pleasure” of sitting in office waiting rooms after the pandemic).

    The main take away I gathered is the King wanted to impress and show the power & wealth of the country to all those with who came to court. It certainty would impress any foreign royal or diplomat.

    The details in the Pink Room are very interesting, especially the “drum” or vase pictured on the left. The designs seem to use both Asian and Greek themes: the cut outs seem Chinese and the dark square shaped lines evoke Greek themes. I guess everyone borrows from cultures what they like? The Japanese artifacts in the “Chinese” room are a surprising find in all this – perhaps to show how worldly Portugal was, having settlements in Macau in the 1500s.

    Just fascinating.


    1. Leslie…you always amaze me at your attention to detail!! A kindred spirit for sure. I suspect the objective of all kings is to impress whomever comes in contact with them or their palace(s). I’m sorry you missed the Ajuda National Palace when you were here last. I highly recommend it when you come the next time. I laughed when I read your comment about reading this post in four installments!! LOLOLOL! I guess one intermission wasn’t sufficient. It took me four days to write it, I suppose it would take about four days to read it too. 🙂 I’m so happy you are enjoying these. Can’t wait to hear what you have to say about Gardens, Poets and Ruins (last week’s post). I’m on to this week’s post. And, it’s all about our road trip to the Algarve. We just completed day 1 and we are having a wonderful time. I’m going to start writing about it now. Take care and please stay safe.


  3. One happy result of this horrible pandemic is that you had this place basically to yourself. When we toured the Palace at Versailles we were shoulder to shoulder with other tourists, which definitely reduces the enjoy,ent!


    1. I hear you. That happened when we were in Austria in 2019 in a non air conditioned building in July. Groan. Oh, and I just remembered that that was the case when we visited the Biltmore Estate just outside Asheville in North Carolina. It’s certainly more fun and less stressful when you can see and appreciate these historic sites with less people. It’s just too bad that the reason was a global pandemic. 😔

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