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Palace of the Dukes of Braganza

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HISTORY

It was built in the 15th century on the initiative of Afonso I of Bragança. The Burgundian style of this palace reflects his tastes, acquired during his travels in Europe, although its current appearance was controversially recreated during the Estado Novo. It was vacant when the dukes moved to the Ducal Palace in Vila Viçosa, a period in which the building was being looted, gradually losing its original form, which currently remains ignored.

WHY THIS PLACE

Essentially inhabited during the 15th century, in the following centuries there was a progressive abandonment and a consequent ruin, motivated by political and economic factors, which worsened until the 20th century. The museum features Persian rugs, Flemish tapestries (themed about the Portuguese conquests in North Africa) and paintings, such as the Pascal Lamb by Josefa de Óbidos or the portrait of D. Catarina de Bragança.

CURIOSITIES

In homage to the maritime prowess of the Portuguese, the ceiling of the banqueting room reproduces the upturned hull of a caravel.

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