"Palacio de Mafra (Mafra Palace)" Palácio Nacional de Mafra Tip by dimilag

Palácio Nacional de Mafra, Lisbon: 1 reviews and 1 photos

 
 

This palace was build in 1717. It was build in gratitude for the birth of the heir of Joao V . 52,000 men worked on the building which, when finished, could cater for 330 friars, housed a royal place and one of Europe?s finest libraries with some 40,000 volumes. Celebrations lasted for eight days when the Basilica was consecrated on the Kings 41st birthday. Joao V died in Lisbon on July 31 1750.

The palace was used as a hunting lodge. When the family left for exile in Brazil in 1807, they took the bulk of the furniture with them. As troops assembled to stem Napoleon's invasion, Mafra became a military base and the monastery a barracks.

Address: Terreiro Dom João V., 2640-492 Mafra, Portugal
Directions: At Rua Canal. 39 km Northwest of Lisboa
Phone: +351 261 817 550
Website: http://www.palaciomafra.pt/en-GB/Default.aspx

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  • Written May 24, 2007
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