The historic building which consists of a Royal Palace, a Basilica and a Convent, shows important collections of Italian and Portuguese sculptures, as well as paintings, but WHAT TO US IS MOST SPECIAL IS THE UNIQUE LIBRARY! Did you ever want to feel like Harry Potter at Hogwarts? Well, take a Palace tour and check the library! Unfortunately you can only pass by to take a peak, but it’s still worth the visit! Worth knowing: National authorities “contracted” bats to protect the old books from natural hazards, such as insects and it apparently works better than anything else!
On the same tour through the Palace you can explore the eighteenth century hospital which is exceptionally well restored and the Palace’s gardens, the Jardim do Cerco, an illuminated garden inspired by Versailles, with water ponds, wide paths, shady trees and a century-old water wheel that still works.
Don’t miss out on the Palace’s Basilica, with its two of the biggest tower bells in Europe and the six (!) historical organs – even famous Lord Byron referred to the majestic musical instrument stating that it was “probably the most beautiful organs” that he had seen so far. Tip: It’s even better to go and hear them filling the Basilica with joyas music at one of the classical concerts!