The Ajuda National Palace
Built during the 1st half of the nineteenth century, the Palácio Nacional da Ajuda (Ajuda National Palace) was the monarchy’s official residence from the reign of King Louis I (1861-1889) until 1910, when the republic was established in Portugal. The King's marriage with Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911) in 1862 was the beginning of a new life for this palace.
Open to the public as a museum in 1968, its rooms remain true to the time after having undergone restoration works and historical reconstitutions. It holds outstanding collections of decorative arts, especially of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: jewelry, tapestries, furniture, paintings, sculptures, porcelain, glass, engravings and photography from different sources, especially from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, make this one of the most important decorative arts museums in Portugal.