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    Maritime Museum. Royal Cabin Room.

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 20, 2013

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    Here you will be able to take a look at the cabins used by King Carlos and Queen Amelia preserved after the dismantlement of the Royal yacht “Amelia” in 1938, as well as the porcelain, crystal and silverware that were a part of the equipment of the Royal yacht “Sirius”.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Open:
    10AM-5PM (Oct.-March),
    10AM-6PM (April-Sept.)
    Closed on Mondays

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    Barge Pavilion of Maritime Museum. Part II.

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 8, 2013

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    Barge Pavilion has this name because it houses the Barges and Galleys built for the Portuguese Royal family. This ample area also displays several original Portuguese fishing boats as well as three seaplanes, including famous Santa Cruz in which Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral completed first transatlantic flight over the South Atlantic.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Open:
    10AM-5PM (Oct.-March),
    10AM-6PM (April-Sept.)
    Closed on Mondays

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    Barge Pavilion of Maritime Museum

    by Oleg_D. Written Nov 8, 2013

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    Barge Pavilion has this name because it houses the Barges and Galleys built for the Portuguese Royal family. This ample area also displays several original Portuguese fishing boats as well as three seaplanes, including famous Santa Cruz in which Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral completed first transatlantic flight over the South Atlantic.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Open:
    10AM-5PM (Oct.-March),
    10AM-6PM (April-Sept.)
    Closed on Mondays

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    Padrão dos Descobrimentos

    by Karlithus Written Sep 3, 2013

    Dedicated to the Portuguese who led Europe’s Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries, the Monument to the Discoveries was constructed in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator, the first in a long line of explorers to venture into the great unknown. Led by Prince Henry at the helm, the monument also features the likenesses of explorers Magellan, Vasco da Gama and Cabral, kings Manuel I and Alfonso V, poet Camões and several other notable Portuguese historical figures.

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    Torre de Belém

    by Karlithus Written Sep 3, 2013

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    Built in 1515, the Belem Tower was once a fortress that guarded the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor. Countless caravels set sail from this point in hopes of finding new trade routes to Africa, India and the Orient. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Torre is the symbol of the Portuguese capital city.

    Visitors can go inside for a price.

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    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

    by Karlithus Written Sep 3, 2013

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    Arguably the most beautiful and impressive building in all of Lisbon, the Jeronimos Monastery was built by King Manuel I in 1502 to commemorate Vasco Da Gama’s voyage to India. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the building is characterized by elaborate Manuelino details and maritime motifs. Inside the monastery’s entrance are the elaborate tombs of Vasco da Gama and poet Luis de Camões.

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    Torre de Belém

    by ValbyDK Updated Jun 12, 2013

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    Torre de Belém (the Tower of Belém) was erected in 1520 - and original built as a lighthouse and part of the defensive fortress for the city. It is located in the Belém neighbourhood – not far from where the caravels (an old Portuguese sailing ship) once set out across the sea, and today Torre de Belém is considered a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery.

    The 4-storey high tower is designed in the beautiful Manueline style, which is a unique combination of Gothic, Renaissance, and Moorish architecture. It contains many maritime elements and representations of discoveries brought home from the many Portuguese sea voyages.

    Inside you can learn more about the tower, and enjoy the halls, ceilings, and open terraces which have a nice view of the Belém area (but IMO the view is better from the Padrão Dos Descobrimentos monument).

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    Maritime Museum in Belem.

    by breughel Written Mar 16, 2013

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    After a visit to the monument to the Navigators it is logical to visit the Martime Museum - Museu de Marinha located in the north and west wings of the Jeronimos monastery (Belem).
    I visited twice this museum and can say that this is one of the most important European and probably world maritime museums.

    The collection began during the 18th century with models of several ships of the Royal Fleet. The present Maritime museum was inaugurated in 1962.
    Its permanent display comprises about 2.500 items. These include magnificent collections of ship models covering every era from the 15th and 16th-century voyages of discovery to modern super-tankers.
    There are a large number of themed rooms of which the most interesting are:
    -The ship building room recalls the history of the Lisbon Naval Arsenal, with models of shipyards and hulls under construction.
    -The Discoveries room explains a glorious emblematic period of the history of Portugal. This small country provided major contributions to the birth of the modern world by its maritime discoveries.
    -18th Century Room. Portugal, an oceanic power, developed a strategy of building large fleets to ensure its sovereignty at sea.
    -19th and 20th Century Room shows the continuation of the previous maritime strategy and tells the story of the school-ship “Sagres” an itinerant embassy of Portugal.

    Next to the Maritime Power themed rooms, a half dozen rooms display the civilian aspects of the Portuguese fleet.
    -Merchant Marine Room with models of sailing ships as well as liners from the 20th c.
    -Coastal fishing and deep sea fishing were very important for Portugal. Here is kept the history of the “Codfish (bacalhau) Campaigns” in Greenland.
    -A room is dedicated to the River Traffic.
    -From the Pleasure Craft Room, the visitor learns that up to the mid 19th century, pleasure sailing was limited almost exclusively to the royal family.
    -Interesting is the room showing the cabins used by king Carlos and queen Amelia, preserved after the breaking up of the royal yacht “Amelia” in 1938.

    The Museu de Marinha is open:
    From 10 to 17 h (1/10 - 30/04)
    From 10 to 18 h (1/05 - 30/09)
    Closed: Mondays and National Holidays
    Price (2013): 5 €, 6/18 years old, students & over 65 old 2,50 €.
    Lisboa Card 3,0 €
    Free: less than 6 years, Sundays between 10.00 and 14.00 h and 20/05.
    Photos and films allowed without flash or tripod.

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    Torre de Belem, UNESCO global property

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    You can't miss this interesting looking tower which in 1515 was a military defense battlement commissioned by King D Manuel. If I remember right, my sister and I could even see it from Pasteis De Belem while we were eating our pastries :)

    But we decided to see the "Monument to the Discoveries" first before the tower during the late afternoon, and because of that decision we unfortunately missed entering the tower! We walked fast for about 15 minutes from the "Monument to the Discoveries" to the Torre de Belem, but we were too late. They only accept people in at 430 PM (they are open 10 AM to 5PM daily except on Mondays and public holidays). So, plan your trip better than us when you go there :)

    We did make it to the wooden bridge but the door closed right in front of us when we reached the Torre de Belem! Bummer! But do not fret because even if you do not go up (I think about 3-5 Euro entrance), you still can take pictures just outside the tower itself. The architecture can still be appreciated, as this is considered a military masterpiece in the Manueline architecural style by the 16th century architect Francisco Arruda. And this one building has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage building.

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    The monastery of Jerònimos.

    by Maurizioago Updated Dec 23, 2012

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    Its construction was commissioned by king Manuel I to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s voyage; to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success and to create a royal pantheon for the Aviz-Beja-Dinasty. The monastery was built on the site of a hermitage founded by Henry the Navigator around 1450. They begun to build it in 1502 and it took nearly the entire 16th century to complete it. Its predominant architectural style is Manueline (please, read tip on my Portugal page...).

    The church of the monastery is also the resting place of Vasco Da Gama, Manuel I, his wife Maria and Luis De Camoes.

    This monastery has a large double storey cloister. It was built in stages and designed by three architects. Diogo Boitac designed the lower floor in Manueline style.

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    Gago Coutinho's Plane

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    Leaving from Belem, in March 30 1922, Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral , succeeded in the first aerial crossing of South Atlantic. The plane, named "Lusitânia" is displayed close to the Tower, in the open garden.

    It's free to see.

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    Visit the Coaches Museum.

    by Maurizioago Updated Nov 27, 2012

    The Coaches Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches) is housed in a two storeys building that was an old horse riding arena used for training horses and for horse riding exibitions. Here you can see a large collection of horse drawn carriages,chaises and sedan chairs dated from the 17th to the 19th centuries. These belonged to the Portuguese royal family and nobility.

    Once you visited the ground floor (it is made of two rooms) you can climb a staircase to the first floor where you can see several portraits of the Braganca dinasty and various other things.

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    Belém III - Jerónimos Monastery

    by J_Antunes Updated Oct 27, 2012

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    This monastery was built in the XVI century by the order of the Portuguese king D. Manuel I and is today part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and a milestone in the Portuguese history. Important symbol of the singularity of the Manueline style it was in the cloisters of this monument that Portugal signed the treaty of admission to the European Union. The monastery has an impressive church with huge worked columns (entrance to church is free), the cloisters are a peaceful and extremely beautiful, rational piece of architecture.

    In other monastery wings you can find the archaeological museum and the Navy Museum.

    The archeological museum has some statues, egyptian relics, golden works from the bronze and Iron Ages and roman mosaics and frequently hosts several temporary exhibits.

    The Navy Museum has plenty of small models of Portuguese boats, the cabin of the Amelia yacht belonging to King Carlos and some real royal boats and hydroplanes – including the one that has done the first air trip of the South Atlantic.

    Prices:

    Monastery of Jeronimos: Entrance free for under 15; 6€ normal price
    Navy Museum
    - Prices: 5€ (adults), 2,5€ (child, adults, students), Free Sunday and Bank Holidays 10h-14h
    - Schedules: 10.00-17.00 horas (Oct-Apr) 10.00-18.00 (May-Sep)
    Das 10:00 às 18:00 horas (01 Mai / 30 Set)
    - http://museu.marinha.pt/museu/site/pt

    Museum of Archaeology
    - Prices: Navy Museum: 5€ (adults), 2,5€-2€ (child, adults, students), Free Sunday and Bank Holidays 10h-14h
    - Schedules: Tue-Sun: 10,00 h to 18,00 h
    - http://www.mnarqueologia-ipmuseus.pt/

    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
    - Prices: 7€ (there are combined tickets available)
    - Schedules: 10h00h to 17h30 - last entry 00:30 before (Oct-Apr) / 10h00-18h30 - last entry 00:30 before (May-Sep) / Closes Monday some bank holidays
    - http://www.mosteirojeronimos.pt/

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    Belém: Padrão dos Descobrimentos

    by Ines_ Updated Oct 5, 2012

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    This monument works basically as a viewpoint. I think it amazing – the monument is in the shape of a ship - from the outside and should not be missed a visit (a least from the outside). It has 33 figures that belong to the Portuguese history being the most important one Infante (prince) D.Henrique – the navigator.

    From the top you can see the river and the whole city, but in my opinion the best is the 50 meter wide wind rose on the floor made from different types of marble. It’s a thing that you can’t see when you are stepping on it and it looks just amazing from above.

    The price for adults is 3€

    Time table:
    Opens every day except on Monday, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December
    From 10 am to 6 pm from October to April and to 7pm from May to September

    Bus: 727, 28, 729, 714 e 751
    Tram: 15
    Note: Some buses don’t run on weekend or holidays.

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    Belém: Torre de Belém

    by Ines_ Written Oct 5, 2012

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    Belém Tower is located next to a very small beach (Belem’s beach). Its construction started in 1514 and it stands on the place where the ships departed from in the discoveries time.

    This tower is one of the Portuguese landmarks and has influences from Islamic and venezian styles and it’s full of nationalist symbols. The interior is gothic and quite austere. The tower is divided in 5 floors: 1º Governor’s room; 2 º King’s rooms; 3º Audience Room; 4º Chapel; 5º Tower’s Terrace.

    One thing to be careful is that the stairs are quite narrow and there are lots of people going up and down so sometimes you might have to wait or just be very careful on the stairs.

    You can visit every day from 10 am to 6.3 pm from May to September and to 5.3 p.m from October to April.

    Individual Ticket 5€
    Combined with Belém Tower (I recommend): 10€

    The tower is FREE every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and in every public holiday!

    Bus: 727, 28, 729, 714 e 751
    Tram: 15
    Note: Some buses don’t run on weekend or holidays.

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