Mafra National Palace

Built during the reign of King D. João V (18th Century), this grandiose palace-monastery is one of the most sumptuous examples of Baroque architecture in Europe and is located in Mafra, just a short drive from Sintra. Desirous of creating a monument of extreme opulence that would rival the wealth of Portugals neighbouring countries, the king sought guidance from his ambassador who provided him with small scale models of the most majestic religious buildings in Rome and valuable pieces of Italian artwork for inspiration. Encompassing a palace, convent and church, this Neoclassical monument possesses 1,200 stunning rooms, 4,700 doors and windows, 156 staircases, a dazzling library containing approximately 40,000 rare books and an astounding nature reserve, the Tapada de Mafra.

*thanks to portugal live*
*picture not mine*

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