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Places to visit, Palace of the Counts of Óbidos in Lisbon

Tile in the Red Cross Palace

When planning our tours in Portugal, we looked for places to visit in Lisbon. Points of interest that were not on the so-called normal routes. One of the places to visit, the Palace of the Counts of Óbidos, is a little known Palace that you need to know how to find. In front of Gare Marítima da Rocha Conde de Óbidos. It was built in the 1919th century and passes to the Portuguese Red Cross in XNUMX.

From Rocha Conde de Óbidos, you can see the Palace.

One of the places to visit! Palace of the Count of Óbidos seen from Gare Maritima. Current Red Cross Palace.
Palace of the Count of Óbidos seen from Gare Maritima

Count of Óbidos was a noble title attributed by King D. Filipe III to D. Vasco Mascarenhas, who had been Vice-King of India and Brazil.

In this palace resided the artist Jorge Colaço, author of a magnificent tile panel, exposed on the terrace, alluding to the arrival in the Terras de Vera Cruz, Brazil. Here the first westerners arrived with Pedro Álvares Cabral in charge of the 13 ships of the trip.

Places to visit. Vera Cruz discovery tile panel
Tiles panel discovered by Vera Cruz
Discover Portugal. Pedro Alvares Cabral Tiles Panel
Pedro Alvares Cabral Tiles Panel

Palace Balcony

One of the places to visit is the balcony of the Palace, which we can see in front of the Gare Marítima da Rocha do Conde de Óbidos.

The Gare Marítima da Rocha Conde de Óbidos, built in 1948 is also one of the places to visit, with mural paintings by Almada Negreiros.

The Palace of the Counts of Óbidos, is also known as Palácio da Rocha, originating from its location, set on top of a huge rocky hill, which because of being so high, you can see the Tagus river from there.

Rocha Conde de Óbidos, view from the Red Cross Palace
View to Rocha Conde de Óbidos, from the current Red Cross Palace

Places to visit in the interior

There are many and varied tile panels and fresco paintings. Even the entrance, on the main façade, is flanked by six tile panels designed by Colonel Vitoria Pereira and drawn in 1937, with figures of a nobleman, a halberd, that is, a man armed with a halberd, or archer and a lady.

Dining Room and Lobby

In the dining room, we can appreciate other panels of his own that represent curious palace scenes.

The atrium of the Palace of the Counts of Óbidos, showing the busts of King D. Luís I and Queen D. Maria Pia, protectors of the Red Cross in Portugal, gives access to the Library. The Palace is currently the headquarters of the Portuguese Red Cross and one of the places to visit in Lisbon.

Palácio Conde de Óbidos Bust of D Luis I
Palácio Conde de Óbidos Bust of D Luis I
Palácio Conde de Óbidos Bust of D Maria Pia
Palácio Conde de Óbidos Bust of D Maria Pia

Palace Library

In the Library of the Palace of the Red Cross, there is a large crystal chandelier, manufactured in Marinha Grande and the ceiling has a painting representing the Peace of Alvalade, in which Queen Santa Isabel appears mounted on a donkey, between King D. Dinis and his son D. Afonso IV.

Places to visit, the Library of the Palácio Conde de Óbidos and not to miss the Luster.
Place to visit, the Library of the Palácio Conde de Óbidos and not to miss the Luster.
Palácio Conde de Óbidos Library
Palácio Conde de Óbidos Library

On the walls of the various rooms of the Palácio dos Condes de Óbidos, you can see portraits of the presidents of the Portuguese Red Cross, as in the Sala D. João de Castro, including that of Maria de Jesus Barroso.

Palace of the Counts of Óbidos Sala D. João Castro
Palácio Conde de Óbidos room D. João Castro

One of the places to visit in Lisbon

A Palace of great interest and not to be missed in Lisbon. From the Rocha Conde de Óbidos we see the Red Cross Palace.

The Palácio dos Condes de Óbidos can be visited by appointment, as can be seen on the website of the Portuguese Red Cross in the “Guided Tours”, just by clicking on the image below, which represents the main entrance to the Red Cross Palace .

You arrive through Jardim 9 de Abril and next to the National Museum of Ancient Art, the former Palace of the Counts of Alvor.

One of the places to visit. Palace of the Counts of Óbidos Entrance. Portuguese Red Cross Palace.
Entrance Palace of the Counts of Óbidos Actual Headquarters of the Portuguese Red Cross.

A quick look inside the Palace of the Portuguese Red Cross, one of the places to visit in Lisbon and to delight.

We will continue to choose and share places to visit like other Palaces within or out of Lisbon.

Photos 1, 7 and 10 kindly provided by the Portuguese Red Cross.

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