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Mafra Convent

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Mafra Convent
Location Terreiro de Dom João V
2640-492 MAFRA
District:Lisbon
County :Mafra
Parish:Mafra
Contacts Tel:261817550
Fax:261811947
Email:pnmafra@imc-ip.pt

King D. João V ordered the construction of Mafra Convent in 1711. It is the most sumptuous convent and monument of Portuguese Baroque. The peculiar stories lying behind its construction inspired Nobel Prize writer José Samago in one of his major literary oeuvres The Convent’s Memorial. It sets the paradigm of the wealthiest reign in Portugal, thanks to the gold that came from Brazil. The King promised to construct a convent in case of having a male successor to ascend the throne. The Spanish Escurial Convent may well have inspired Mafra Convent, as far as the harmonious relation of three different parts is concerned: the Royal palace, the convent, and the church. The original project was designed by Joao Frederico Ludovice, who is also the author of Estrela Basilica in Lisbon. The convent was inhabited by the Franciscans, who developed the pharmacy and the nursery, whereas the other Convent’s inhabitants, the Dominicans, developed the Library. Infantry School partially occupies the building’s facilities. It is possible to visit this military unit on request and to contemplate the monumental hundred meters long corridors, depicting Portuguese battles. The corridors are so big that a truck fits inside them. This monumentak setting is completed by the Palace, the Museum, the Convent’s Library, and the reserve (Tapada).

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Responsable: IMC - Instituto de Museus e da Conservação

Closing days: Tuesdays

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MORE INFORMATION

Responsable: IMC - Instituto de Museus e da Conservação

Closing days: Tuesdays

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

Localização Terreiro de Dom João V
2640-492 MAFRA
Distrito:Lisbon
County:Mafra
Parish:Mafra
Contactos Tel:261817550
Fax:261811947
Email:pnmafra@imc-ip.pt

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

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