Ducal Palace is located in the civil parish of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, in the municipality of Vila Viçosa, which is in the Portuguese Alentejo.
It was, for centuries, the seat of House of Braganza, one of the most important noble houses in Portugal: it became the ruling house of the Kingdom of Portugal after 1640, until King Manuel II, titular head of the family, was deposed in the 5 October 1910 Revolution that brought a Republican government.
Image – Justo with Miguel in the Royal Stables
The Royal Stables
The elegant royal stables are now home to an impressive collection of coaches, carriages and hunting carts, even the post carriage. Many are from the 18th century. It´s really worth seeing and you can see the gala carriages from the 19th and 20th centuries. They are beautifully preserved and not to be missed is the amazing post coach, and the hunting and camping carriages.