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The space open to Palace visitors includes two floors: the Ground Floor, where many of the private chambers are located, and the State Rooms, where gala receptions were held.

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  • During the early reign of King Luís a new layout and decoration of the Palace rooms, entrusted to architect Joaquim Possidónio Narciso da Silva, followed the then recent standards of comfort, privacy and hygiene, typical of the 19th century bourgeois mentality. There was a demand for more intimate and sheltered spaces. The Ground Floor opens with a sequence of four rooms whiere, due to the official and private functions they were intended for, a significant amount of glamour was displayed, enhanced by the tapestries and allegorical paintings on the ceilings, remnants of the early 19th century decoration. From the Music Room onwards and running alongside the western facade, the Ground Floor was reserved for the private quarters. New chambers were introduced: a living room - the Blue Room -, the Dining Room for the family daily meals and leisure areas such as the Marble Room and the Billiards Rooms; and finally the bathrooms fitted with running water, hot and cold.
  • The State Rooms of the Palace were intended primarily for gala receptions. It houses the Diplomatic Corps Hall, the Throne Hall, King João VI Hall - where balls took place -, the Grand Dining Hall - where banquets were held - among other official reception rooms. The Painting Studio, the Study and the King’s Bedroom set up in 1888 the last year of King Luís’ life on medical advice, are of a private nature.
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