This imposing edifice from the reign of King João V is the most important example of Baroque architecture in Portugal. It is the only national monument that incorporates a Royal Palace, a Basilica and a Monastery.
It covers more than 40,000 m2 and has 1,200 rooms, many of which are unique. The Library is an example of this, housing knowledge in a collection of over 36,000 volumes. Another is the bell chamber which consists of two carillons with 98 bells. And then there are the six organs that once more echo around the Basilica since their restoration in 2010.
Terreiro D. João V
2640 Mafra, Portugal
Telephone: (+351) 261 817 550
Palace: 9.00am to 5.30pm (last entrance 4.45pm)
Sacred Art and Infirmary: closed between 1.00pm to 2.00pm
Library (readers): Week days – 9.30m to 1.30pm / 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Basilica: Daily 9.30am to 1.00pm / 2.00pm to 5.30pm
Closed: Tuesdays 1st January, Easter Sunday, 1st May and 25th December