The Ryal Pailace o Queluz is a former ryal pailace in the Sintra area o Lisbon Destrict. Ane o the last great Rococo buildings tae be designed in Europe, the pailace wis conceived tae be a summer retreat for Dom Pedro o Portugal, later tae become husband an then keeng consort tae his own niece, Queen Maria I o Portugal. It served aa a discreet place o incarceration for Queen Maria as her descent into madness continued in the years following Dom Pedro's daith in 1786. Following the destruction bi fire o the Ajuda Pailace in 1794, Queluz Palace became the official residence o the Portuguese Prince Regent, an his faimily an remained so until the ryal faimily fled tae Brazil. Work on the pailace began in 1747 under Portuguese architect Mateus Vicente de Oliveira. Despite being far smaller, the pailace is often cried the Portuguese Versailles. Frae 1826, the palace slowly fell frae favour with the Portuguese sovereigns. In 1908, it became the property o the state. Following a serious fire in 1934, which gutted one-third o the interior, the palace wis extensively restored, an today is open tae the public aa a major tourist attraction.
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