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The Palacio Nacional da Ajuda (Ajuda National Palace) was the official royal residence of the king of Portugal during the final shaky years of the monarchy, that collapsed in 1910. Though the Palacio da Ajuda is expansive and impressive the royal residence did not fulfill the original plans that were drawn up in 1787 after the destruction of the mighty Palacio Ribeira by the 1755 earthquake.
The Palacio da Ajuda, Lisbon
The Palácio da Ajuda's construction was delayed at numerous stages due to economic or political strife in Portugal and only became the official residence of the Portuguese royal court 150 years after the initial construction. The palace's extended building period allowed many different architects to influence the design and the neo-classical design, common of the era, is interwoven with many different styles.
The first Portuguese king to make the Palácio da Ajuda his royal residence was Luís I of Portugal, who ruled between 11 November 1861 through to 19 October 1889. The palace remained the official residence of the King of Portugal until the revolution of 1910.
The Ajuda Palace is open from 10:00 until 17:00 every day except for Monday and public holidays. the entrance fee is €5/€3 (adult child) and free on Sunday between 10am-2pm. The palace is regarded as being in Belem but is quiet a walk from the other tourist monuments and sights and requires a walk up a steep hill. The best method to reach the palace is by catching the tram which terminates close to the Ajuda Palace.