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The Queluz National Palace is a Portuguese 18th-century palace located at Queluz, in the Lisbon District. One of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe, the palace was conceived as a summer retreat for Dom Pedro of Braganza, later to become husband and then king consort to his own niece, Queen Maria I. It served as a discreet place of incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's death in 1786. Following the destruction by fire of the Ajuda Palace in 1794, Queluz Palace became the official residence of the Portuguese prince regent, John VI, and his family and remained so until the Royal Family fled to Brazil in 1807 following the French invasion of Portugal.

Work on the palace began in 1747 under the architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira. Despite being far smaller, the palace is often referred to as the Portuguese Versailles.

One wing of the palace, the Pavilion of Dona Maria, built between 1785 and 1792 by the architect Manuel Caetano de Sousa, is now a guest house allocated to foreign heads of state visiting Portugal.

Queluz is famed for the glory of its gardens.
The Flemish influences, including the canals, in the garden are the work of the Dutch gardener Gerald van der Kolk. Formal terraces and walkways are given extra interest by statuary and fountains. An avenue of huge magnolias forms the approach to the classical wing of the palace while from the wing a double staircase leads to the canal. More than 100 metres (330 ft) long, the walls of the canal are decorated with tiled panels depicting seascapes and associated scenes. This is the largest of a series of canals in the gardens bordered with chinoiserie-style azulejo tiles. Azulejos tiles line the walls of a canal in the gardens. Frequently these tiles depict a favourite Rococo theme of "amorous dalliance".

Queluz palace and gardens is a magnificent place. I find it rather strange that although there are many photos of Palace on TE, there are (almost) no photos of very beautiful azulejos tiling the canal walls.

I suppose that Ike hasn't been there so it is my small gift to him.
I have rich collection of the Queluz azulejos and find it difficult to decide which are the most interesting. See Workshop for other photos.

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