49. Mafra National Palace
[outside from Mafra National Palace]
The Mafra National Palace is a HUGE monument located in Mafra, Portugal. Its dimensions are so huge that it dwarfs the city.
The palace, which also served as a Franciscan monastery, was built during the reign of King John V (1707-1750), in consequence of a vow made by the king in 1711, who promised to build a convent if his wife, the Queen Mary Anne of Austria, gave him descendants. The birth of his first daughter, the princess Barbara of Braganza, made the king initiate the construction of the palace.
This vast complex is among the most sumptuous Baroque buildings in Portugal and one of the biggest buildings constructed in Europe in the 18th century.
[First 2 shots were taken in the morning and the others in the afternoon]