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The Palace is the great monument that grows in the town centre and accentuates its character

Vítor Serrão, Art historian

Everything in Sintra is divine There is no corner that is not a poem

Eça de Queirós, Os Maias, 1888

Vergílio Ferreira,

I give and bestow upon you, Queen Isabel my wife, for all the days in your life, my towns of Sintra

Rei Dom Dinis, last quarter of the 13th century

Two domed chimneys, dominated the whole building

Hans Christian Andersen, A Visit to Portugal, 1866


Timeline Esquerda

January 2015


Launch of the interventions necessary to the restoration of the National Palace and Gardens of Queluz with total investment rising to around €2.8 million. The work planned for the Palace includes the full restoration of its façades, masonry, beams, roofing, upgrading the energy and communication infrastructures as well as the lightning protection system, installing a video-surveillance system, establishing a connection with the public sewage network and in addition to improvements to the flooring, left unfinished ever since the reconstruction following the 1934 fire.

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Following a series of restoration projects in the wake of the fire, the Palace systematically opens to the public.

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Proclamation of the Republic and classification as a National Monument.

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Civil war.
Victory of the liberals over the absolutists and the ascension of Queen Maria II to the throne.

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King Miguel, uncle of Queen Maria II proclaims himself the absolute king of Portugal.

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King Pedro, the eldest son of King João VI, who remains in Brazil as its Regent, proclaims the independence of Brazil and becomes the first Emperor of Brazil.

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Relocation of the Court to Rio de Janeiro following the invasion of Portugal by Napoleonic troops.

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King Pedro III passes away followed by his heir, Prince José, two years later.

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King Pedro, third lord of the House of the Infantado, begins the conversion works transforming the Country House of Queluz into a Summer Palace.

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Parques de Sintra takes over managing the monument.

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On the night of October 4th and into 5th, a fire rages that particularly hits the Robillion Pavilion and the Ambassadors Room.

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The Palace is bequeathed by King Manuel II as a National Estate and becomes a state property.

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King Pedro abdicates the empire of Brazil in favour of his youngest son (King Pedro II of Brazil) and returns to Portugal to fight for the right for his daughter to accede to the throne.

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The death of King João VI triggers a series of problems over his succession. King Pedro subsequently abdicates in favour of his daughter, Queen Maria II.

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Return of the Court from Rio de Janeiro following the 1820 revolution.

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Prince João VI is acclaimed Prince Regent following the declaration of the mental incapacity of Queen Maria I.

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King Pedro marries his niece who takes the throne (1777) as Queen Maria I.

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King João IV establishes the House of Princes, which forms part of the Country House of Queluz, formerly a property of the Marquises of Castelo Rodrigo.