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The town (2002 pop. 11,080) is 28 km north-west from the center of Lisbon. It is mostly known for the sumptuous Royal Palace, which also makes it a popular tourist destination in the Lisbon area. Built in the baroque style and reminiscent of the Spanish palace-convent El Escorial, the Mafra National Palace also inspired Portuguese Nobel Prize laureate José Saramago to write his novel Baltasar and Blimunda (Memorial do Convento).

José Saramago, tendo como pano de fundo a história da construção do convento de Mafra, criou um enredo onde se destaca o amor de Blimunda Sete-Luas e Baltasar Sete-Sóis, sentimento tão profundo que conseguiu sobreviver até mesmo às chamas da Inquisição.

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Taken on August 16, 2002