Marquês de Pombal Palace | InstaMeet Lisboa


InstaMeet. What’s that?

It’s basically a great way for people within the Instagram community to meet each other in person and take photos together around one spot – the InstaMeetLisboa are organised by Kate and this time we went to Oeiras to photograph the Marquês de Pombal Palace.

It’s very interesting, especially if you are a blogger or Instagrammers you get to meet people that work in your industry and you always ended up leaning heaps! On this InstaMeet the following bloggers got to wander around Oeiras:

I have written a post on my InstaMeet’s experience. You can check it out here.

InstaMeet Lisboa
InstaMeet Lisboa

Who was Marquês de Pombal?

Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, known as Marquês de Pombal, was the Minister of King D. José between 1750 and 1777. He was born in 1699 and lived most of his life in Lisbon, leaving behind a very important legacy in Portugal.

But what made Marquês de Pombal famous was the rebuilt of the Lisbon after the earthquake. In 1755 there was an earthquake in Lisbon, accompanied by a tsunami, which devastated the entire city, affecting the Baixa area more.

“Bury the dead and heal the living”

Marquês de Pombal, when asked what to do immediately after the Lisbon eathquake in 1755

He was encharged of rebuilding the Lisbon and implement his new ideas and concepts architecture.

gardens marques de pombal palace

The reconstruction of Lisbon was planned in a methodical manner. The streets became wider and paved with the beautiful Portuguese sidewalk, and also perpendicular and parallel to each other. Between the houses, walls – firebreaks – were erected to prevent the spread of flames. The first sewerage system was also built.

Marquês de Pombal, also decided that everything above head height shouldn’t be marble, or hard rock, instead, plaster, to prevent injuries in case of another earthquake.

  • while you visit the Palace, make sure, you touch the walls and you will notice different temperature on the wall below and above your head, despite looking exactly the same. They became masters of faking, painting the plaster to match the marble perfectly!
escadaria marque de pombal palace

The Marquês de Pombal Palace

This place is an ode to the Baroque and Rococo styles in Portugal. This palace, designed by Carlos Mardel in the second half of the 18th century, was designed to combine both recreation and business.

This was the official house of Marquês de Pombal and the summer residence of King D. José and his royal family during the summers of 1775 and 1776.

Marquês de Pombal inherit the palace from his uncle and quickly decided to increase its size and showcase his power. As you walk through the palace you can get an idea of ​​the immense wealth of Marquês de Pombal.

The beauty of the palace, which is ornate as a royal palace, and its gardens is coupled with a large area of farming land and a substantial winery. The property also contains an olive oil press and a fishing lodge, denoting the huge versatility of the farm. Inside the palace, there are paintings, frescoes, azulejo tiles and statues that impress all of us!

marques de pombal palace statue

More photos… Sure!

Check out my Instagram handle @sofianaaustralia over the next couple of days I will be adding photos to my feed and stories.

FAQ’s about Marques de Pombal Palace

Is Marquês de Pombal Palace free?

Yes. You can go in without charge and wander around the palace and its magnificent gardens.

Is it open every day?

No – Mondays are closed. Open all other days. from 10am to 6pm

Can you take your own snacks?

Yes! The gardens are perfect for a picnic.

Would you take your children to Marquês de Pombal Palace?

We think so! Noah went with us and enjoyed it. At the end we purchased their children’s guide on “How children used to play in the gardens of Marquês de Pombal Palace” and Noah keeps asking me to go back to see it again, now that he has this info. Check the books before you go in. Depending on children’s age it might be useful to have it during the visit!

Where is it & how to get there?

Palácio Marquês de Pombal
​Largo Marquês de Pombal
2780-501 Oeiras

Car – GPS – Long. 9º18’52.54’O |Lat. 38º41’34.44’N
Train– Cascais line– stop at Oeiras station and walk towards the Oeiras historical centre (10 minutes)
Bus – 106, 111, 112, 115, 122, 471, 482


I’m Sofia, a Portuguese native, who, quit my job, packed 20 kg of my life into a backpack and moved to Australia. I have been fuelled by my new life to experience more adventure rather than settle, pursing even more my desire to travel, explore and being outdoors.

This blog aims to inspire, intrigue and encourage readers around the world to travel further, longer and wider and also to share my passion for an outdoor lifestyle.

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