Belém, National Palace of

   Since 1911, Belém Palace in western Lisbon has been the official residence of the president of the republic. This 18th-century pink palace is a superb historical legacy in itself and represents an important part of the country's monumental patrimony. Ordered built by King João V in 1726, Belém Palace was altered during the course of the 19th century. Intricate interior decorations, art, and elaborate gardens enhance the palace's delicate image. Belém Palace was the preferred residence of Queen Maria II (r. 1834—53) as well as of King Carlos I and Queen Amélia (r. 1889-1908). The annex to Belém Palace, once the royal riding ring and stables, is currently the National Museum of Coaches.
   See also Castles, Portuguese.

Historical dictionary of Portugal 3rd ed.. . 2014.

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