Lisbon with its history has a substantial collection of ancient palaces, aristocratic and bourgeois residences, which can now be visited.
Some of the best examples were built for summer residences or farmhouses, as the majority were located on the surroundings of Lisbon, at the time of their construction. Several of these sumptuous buildings became state property, by purchase or donation and hosted many types of services related to the government.
Despite the change in use, some of the original features were kept and one can perceive the taste and lifestyle of the elites of old Lisbon.
In order to “relive” this era, during this week we present you with 8 palaces which will surely deserve your visit, transporting you to a Lisbon that many do not know existed.
1 - Galveias Palace
from grace of the family in 1759, when all their goods were confiscated by the Crown under the infamous
Purchased by the Lisbon’s City Hall in 1930, the palace now houses the City Hall’s Central Library, with exhibition galleries and a public garden.
2 - Beau Séjour Palace