Arriving to Queluz thinking you are getting to a nice village where there is a big palace is a big mistake. The city of Queluz is an architectural aberration constructed between Sintra and Lisbon where there is no urban setting that gives charm or distinction, but that's my opinion. When you get to the palace you are surprised because the facade is lovely, facing the Garden of Malta, but the outside looks like a military building , not a royal palace. It was constructed in the 18th century at the behest of Peter III, where initially the cottage was about Marquis recognized at the time, and was constructed for use as the 2nd summer residence of the royal house. It belonged to royalty. Portugal National Heritage highlights the halls Inside extensively ornamented with keystones, casts with flower shapes, wood paneling, parquet tiles worked feature various doors curved and gold leaf coverings to simulate greatness and power. On the outside you can enjoy the precious garden of Malta whose wealth in fountains, sculptures everywhere, ponds, caryatids and varied flora denote a splendor of the past. It is a bad thing to discover from many other things that this country has.
The Garden of Malta is located inside the Royal Palace of Queluz, in the town of Queluz and Sintra near Lisbon. The initial project was commissioned by Queluz Palace Mateus Vicente de Oliveira, reference architect at the time. The work began more or less around 1747. Known as the Portuguese Versailles, it was built by participating architects, decorators, and gardeners all throughout Europe. They all came together to convert the Royal Palace to a great refernce of 18th century architecture. Although the influences are French and Italian, the palace has features typical of the region, such as the famous Portuguese tiles. French architect Jean-Batiste Robillon was the one responsible for ensuring that the decoration of the palace corresponded to the time, the French style, imitating the Palace of Versailles in Paris. The best European artists worked the most beautiful spaces inside the palace, and the rooms that should be highlighted are the Throne of Music and the Ambassadors. To bridge the gap between the upper gardens and the main palace is built Robillon Hall and Staircase of the Lions. The gardens also have a stamp Malta French and are decorated with lakes, statues, roads boxwoods, balustrades and railings covered work blue and pink tiles Portuguese. The main facade was built with the purpose to face towards the interior gardens. The outside facade is quiet sober.
Queluz is a lovely village in Portugal, thirty minutes from Lisbon and fifteen minutes from Sintra and Cascais. From Lisbon or Sintra on the train you can reach the centre of this town. Its biggest attraction is the Palace, considered the Portuguese Versailles and the grounds thereof. As for the hotels, in front of the palace is the Pousada Dona Maria I, a hotel in a quiet area with bus stop to for buses to take you downtown. I highly recommend taking a walk through the streets.