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Palacio Nacional de Mafra

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Address: Terreiro Dom Joao v, Mafra 2640-492, Portugal
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+351 261 817 550
09:00 - 18:00
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USD 83.21*
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Full-Day Mafra and Ericeira Private Tour from Lisbon
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This is what we came to Mafra for

Massive palace you easily spend at least an hour walking around in its rooms and hallways. Free entrance on the first Sunday of the month. No need to buy the 1€ map because there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Linkoping, Sweden
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Linkoping, Sweden
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Massive palace you easily spend at least an hour walking around in its rooms and hallways. Free entrance on the first Sunday of the month. No need to buy the 1€ map because there will be information boards along the tour.

Thank Canyonjoe
Lisbon, Portugal
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When visiting Mafra you should and must visit this Palace, specially if you are a "history lover". You can have a guide or visit by your own. There are always persons willing to explain you the "history" behind each thing you see.

Thank biotiago
Lisbon District, Portugal
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I once asked my friend if he had ever been to Mafra and he said 'I think so'. The magnificent magnitude of this massive palace in the centre of the town means you will know when you have been to Mafra! It is in need of a lot of renovation, but go inside the basilica because it has (apparently) the... More 

Thank Peter H
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Mafra's palace is one of the most majestic palaces/convents you can find in portugal. Without a doubt the highlight is the superb library you can find in the palace. It is one of the largest ones in europe. And its beautiful. The rest of the palace is also really nice though to be honest it could use more descriptions along... More 

1 Thank Raquel V
West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

A must see in Portugal. Lots of old world architecture and the interior is absolutely stunning. You will not find anything like it anywhere in the world.

Thank BeverlyBray
Lagos, Portugal
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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Built in the 18th century by order of King João V (1689-1750) in fulfillment of a vow he made, the Royal Convent and Palace of Mafra is the most important baroque monument in Portugal. All in limestone and marble, the building covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 m2), including 1.200 rooms, more than 4.700 doors and windows, 156... More 

2 Thank Fernando P
Dalbeattie, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

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 

2 Thank G4llovidian
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 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 

1 Thank lavieentransit
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18 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 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 

1 Thank aakbba
Lisbon, Portugal
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

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.

1 Thank darlenesullivan07

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