Royal Building of Mafra - Mafra, Portugal
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member razalas
N 38° 56.214 W 009° 19.648
29S E 471618 N 4309825
Quick Description: On 7 July 2019, the Royal Building of Mafra – Palace, Basilica, Convent, Cerco Garden and Hunting Park (Tapada) was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Location: Lisboa, Portugal
Date Posted: 9/23/2019 8:12:33 AM
Waymark Code: WM11BQC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
Views: 2

Long Description:

The UNESCO World Heritage List webpage tell us about the Royal Building of Mafra:


Located 30 km northwest of Lisbon, the property was conceived by King João V in 1711 as a tangible representation of his conception of the monarchy and the State. This imposing quadrangular building houses the king’s and queen's palaces, the royal chapel, shaped like a Roman baroque basilica, a Franciscan monastery and a library containing 36,000 volumes. The complex is completed by the Cerco garden, with its geometric layout, and the royal hunting park (Tapada). The Royal Mafra Building is one of the most remarkable works undertaken by King João V, which illustrates the power and reach of the Portuguese Empire. João V adopted Roman and Italian baroque architectural and artistic models and commissioned works of art that make Mafra an exceptional example of Italian Baroque.

Type: Building

Reference number: 1573

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