One of Lisbon’s emblematic buildings is the Palácio da Ajuda in Belém. The construction of the palace, which began in 1796 and lasted until the 19th century, was a project plagued by diverse political, economic and artistic/architectonic problems. And from the original project only half has been built (as shown on the illustration).
When the Palace finally became a permanent residence of the Royal Family (during the reign of King Luis I and his wife, Maria Pia of Savoy (1861-1889)), their architect, Possidónio da Silva, introduced many aesthetic changes and turned one of the lateral facades into the main entrance. The sumptuous decoration and functionalities of the rooms was defined by the refined taste of Maria Pia of Savoy (Italy).
A worthwhile visit!