The jewels date from the 16th to the 20th century and represent one of the most important collections of Portuguese royal jewellery.

After six years of construction, the museum opens in one of the safest buildings in the world. The building was built in the west wing of Palácio da Ajuda, in a glass structure. The completion of the museum marks the conclusion of Palácio da Ajuda, which has been under construction for over 200 years. The work was not completed, for historical reasons that prevented the construction of the palace.

In 2016, the Ministry of Culture and the Lisbon City Council, in an investment of approximately 31 million euros, completed the construction of the monument.

The exhibition encompasses 11 cores and has pieces made of various precious stones, such as gold and diamond, as well as Portuguese royal family jewellery and royal coins. The most valuable piece on display belonged to King D. João VI and had the right to his window so that it could be well appreciated.

However, what is thought to be the second-largest gold nugget in the world and a tobacco box made by the French court goldsmith can also still be seen.


Deeply in love with music and with a guilty pleasure in criminal cases, Bruno G. Santos decided to study Journalism and Communication, hoping to combine both passions into writing. The journalist is also a passionate traveller who likes to write about other cultures and discover the various hidden gems from Portugal and the world. Press card: 8463. 

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