Lisbon Museums

If you are an art lover or a museum fan, Lisbon is the perfect city for you. Plan an afternoon excursion to theLisbon museums where you can find fantastic collections of historical and cultural items.

Start at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (Ancient Art Museum),in the Lapa district, were you will find some of Portugal’s finest ensemble of paintings like the panels of “São Vicente de Fora”, one of the most renowned group portraits in the European tradition. This 17th century palace also contains the work of artists like Bosch and its “Temptation of Saint Anthony” and the the Namban Screens that depict the arrival of the Portuguese in Japan in 1543.

In the Belém area there are three museums that should not be missed. The Museu Nacional dos Coches (Coaches Museum) – Lisbon’s most frequented attraction, the world’s best coach museum contains an impressive collection of coaches dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries – , the Museu da Marinha (Navy Museum) where you can findPortugal’s glorious contributions to nautical expedition and the recent Museu Berardo (Berardo Museum of Modern Art) where you can appreciate one of the world’s most acclaimed modern art collections.

In the Chiado area, one of the city’s historical neighbourhoods, the Museu do Chiado (chiado Museum), offers you a tour through the Portuguese contemporary art. For more contemporary Portuguese art there’s also the Gulbenkian Foundation’s Modern Art Center and the Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva Museum.

If you want to know Portugal better don’t miss the Fado Museum in the Alfama district and the Azulejo National Museum, near Santa Apolónia, a tribute to a most cherished aspect of Portuguese history. Exhibits trace more than 500 years of this remarkable art form with several thousand examples on hand.

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Estrela Basilia and Gardens – Lisbon attractions

Estrela Basilica is one of Lisbon’s most attractive monuments. This eighteenth century Neo-classical church has two bell towers and imposing masonry work. In the interior, a large quantity of grey, pink and yellow marble was used in the floor and walls, in intricate geometric patterns, one of the most beautiful in European churches. The paintings by Pompeu Botoni and a famous nativity scene made by sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro, with more than 500 figures in cork and Terra Cotta are a major attractions to visitors.

Built by order of Queen Maria I, as a fulfilled promise for giving birth to a son José, the Estrela Basilica is located in a Lisbon’s hill and can be viewed from far away.

Across from Estrela Basilica are the charming Estrela gardens. One of Lisbon’s public gardens, founded in 1852 and it is the second biggest garden. There are exotic plants and trees, a small duck-dotted lake, various marble figures, a playground for children and resting area.

During Sunday summer days the garden is the ideal place for diverse activities such as yoga lessons or Chinese massages and also attracted the modern trends, many young creators offer a miscellaneous display of their latest designs.

Nearby, is possible to visit São Bento Palace – the Portuguese Parliament, Principe Real – a beautiful square with a gorgeous garden that is an extension of Bairro Alto and the Lapa district, the diplomatic quarter with grand embassy buildings and old mansions.

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