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    Military Museum

    by solopes Updated Apr 3, 2014

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    Lisbon - Portugal
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    Close to the train station of Santa Apolonia and at walking distance from the city's centre, in S. Vicente quarter, its located the Military Museum. It's a large and rich museum, where - forgive me - the main attraction is my grand uncle's collection of paintings.

    No! I was kidding - there's a big and good collection, in a marvelous palace. And...yes... the paintings!

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    Navy Museum

    by jlanza29 Written Mar 30, 2014
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    The Navy Museum of Lisbon is dedicated to all aspects of the History of navigation in Portugal. The museum is administered by the Portuguese Navy and is located in the touristic district of Belém. It occupies a part of the neo-Manueline Western wing of the Jerónimos Monastery (together with the National Museum of Archaeology) as well as a modern annex built to the North of the monastery.
    The history of the museum is deeply related to King Luís I (1838-1889), who was a lover of oceanographic studies and an accomplished navigator himself. He created in 1863 a collection of items related to the preservation of maritime history of Portugal, a collection that was enlarged in the following decades, culminating in the inauguration of the Maritime Museum in 1963 in its present location.
    The exhibits include historical paintings, archaeological items and many scale models of ships used in Portugal since the 15th century. It is one of the most visited Portuguese museums.

    Well worth the visit … took bout 2 hours to go thru entire museum

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  • Museum of Ancient Art,An Enriching Activity

    by margatemensch Written Jan 8, 2014

    Although this art museum is somewhat antediluvian and the Gulbenkian Art Museum is more aesthetically-appealing,I respect it for its wonderful collection of Northern European Renaissance paintings,including fine paintings by Hieronymous Bosch,Lucas Cranach the Elder("Salomw with John the Baptist's Head"),Hans Memling,Jan Provost,Quentin Metsys("Virgin of Sorrows"),and the Master of the Morrison Triptych,among others.It has a peerless collection of Old Master Portuguese paintings,including splendid paintings by Frei Carlos("Annunciation"),Nuno Goncalves,Felipe Lobo,and Josefa Da Obidos.Personal favorites when I visited this art museum in late November,2013 were;Quentin Metsys'"Virgin of Sorrows",Master of Morrison Triptych's triptych,Piero Della Francesca's"Saint Augustine",Francesco Zurbaran's"Saint Peter",Felipe Lobo's"View of Saint Jeronimos Monastery and Belem Square",Louys Elsevier's"Delft,Church Interior",Nicolas Poussin's"Phillistines Attacked by Plague at Ashdad",Jacob Backer's"Courtesan",Domenico Creti's"Allegorical Tomb of Marquis de Wharton",and Claude J.Vernet's"Sea Harbor".In addition to the fine works of Art this art museum has,there is a fine cafeteria on the premises.

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    Archaeological Museum

    by solopes Updated Jan 7, 2014

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    In Carmo convent you have 2 in 1: The ruins are also the archaeological museum. Well I must confess that the display is not too convincing, and that the most remarkable thing is the building... or what remains of it. Anyway, if the theme interests you... it's there.

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  • Goncalves Art Museum-Portuguese Art

    by margatemensch Written Nov 21, 2013

    Although the 19th Century and early 20th Century Portuguese painters are given little attention in North America,I still appreciated the excellent Naturalistic and Realistic paintings I saw at this small house art museum.It is located close to the Saldanha Metro Station near the Sheraton Hotel.I especially enjoyed the fine landscapes by Silva Porto("Prairie")and the paintings of Joao Vaz("Beach"),("Pulpit of Saint John"),Columbano,Antonio Ramalho("Praca da Concordia")and Marquis da Oliviera("Boats").I spent about 2 hours at this art museum assiduously admiring their paintings.This art museum also has a plethora of Chinese Ceramic works from the Ming and Ching Dynasties and a fine realistic painting by Gustave Courbet.

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    Museu Calouste Gulbenkian

    by Paul2001 Updated Aug 3, 2013

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    The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is in my opinion, the finest art museum in Portugal. It is the personal collection of Armenian oil baron Calouste Gulbenkian. The museum hold a very wide variety of art. None of them are large but they are of quality. They include artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece and Roman. There are fine Islamic, Renaissance and Medieval decorative pieces. For me the highlight was the fine collection of 15th to 19th century European paintings. There very good works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Monet and Renoir on display here.
    On a historical point, much of what you see here was purchased by Calouste Gulbenkian from St. Petersburg's The Hermitage back in the 1920's. The museum many strong traveling exhibitions that pass through Lisbon. If I had a beef about the place, it would be that I disliked the exterior of the building which was I thought was very unwelcoming and sterile.

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    Museu Gulbenkian

    by solopes Updated Apr 19, 2013

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    For sure the richest art collection in Portugal, this modern museum is a must see.

    Located in a large and new building near Praça de Espanha, it displays treasures from almost all the world.

    Outside, the statue of Calouste Gulbenkian receives the visitors.

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    Gulbenkian Museum.

    by breughel Updated Mar 16, 2013

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    This museum is a must for the art lover.
    Calouste Gulbenkian, an Armenian, build up his wealth by investing in the petroleum exploitation and set up a collection of excellent art works whom he bequeathed, as well as his fortune, to the Portuguese state, after living in Lisbon from 1942 to 1955.

    It is a multiple museum in the sense that it displays Egyptian antiquities as well as modern decorative arts. Approximately 1000 art works are exposed in a very pleasant frame.
    The museum is characterized by its variety: Egyptian, Greco-Roman, Mesopotamian, Islamic, Armenian art, Far East art with a magnificent china collection and a beautiful collection of European paintings including most of the great masters from Flemish "primitives" to the impressionists.
    The Islamic oriental art of Persia, Turkey, Syria is put in evidence particularly with beautiful tapestries.
    There are also sculptures of which Rodin, ancient illustrated books and a collection of European decorative arts among which French tapestries.
    Most amazing is the room dedicated to the jewels of the Frenchman René Lalique.
    I would dare to say that this only room already justifies the visit of the Gulbenkian Museum.

    Opening Times:
    Tuesday to Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5.45 p.m.
    Closed on Mondays, and on the following holidays:
    January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1,and December 25

    Tickets (2013): 4 €, students & seniors 2 €, free 12 yr and on Sunday.

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    MARITIME MUSEUM I. Portugal Oceanic Power.

    by breughel Updated Mar 16, 2013

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    The Museu de Marinha is located in Belem in the north and west wings of the Jeronimos monastery. 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.
    After two visits I can say that this is one of the most important European and probably world maritime museums.

    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.

    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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    Joe Berardo's collection

    by solopes Updated Mar 5, 2013
    Lisbon - Portugal

    In a disputed agreement between the government and a rich collector, Joe Berardo, the Cultural Center of Belém has, now, a new museum of Modern and Contemporary art, that, I must confess, I didn't visit.

    Yet!

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    The Lisbon Card...Don't Leave Home Without It

    by Nalopez74 Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    The best buy by far is the Lisbon Card, it is invaluable. The card is not only in saving money but also in saving time, and the frustration of waiting in ticket lines. The card gives you free or discounted admission to many of the museums, historical sites and tours such as the Castelo de Sao Jorge, the Monastery of Jeronims, the Palacio Nacional de Sintra, the Fado Museum, the Belem Tower, the Santa Justa Elevator, The Palacio Nacional da Ajuda, and the list goes on. Plus it also gives you unlimited use of public transportation within Lisbon, as well as the trains to the suburbs like Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril. I was absolutely elated when I strolled over to the turnstile at the train station, slid my card into the slot and it worked. I nearly jumped for joy. We didn't have to wait in the long line to buy our tickets so we were able to catch the train to Sintra that was leaving in less than five minutes. You can buy the card for either 24, 48, or 72 hours, so, if you buy it for 72 hours like we did you will see more than in those three day then what you would have seen without the card.

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    Monument to the Restorers and the Flag

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    In passing through Lisbon, you will pass by this obelisk monument several times and if you don't take a picture with it, at least it would be nice to know what it stands for.

    This structure with a winged statue at its base is called the Monument to the Restorers, and its significance is related to the flag of Portugal undergoing several "controversial" changes and finally being hoisted up this very place on December 1, 1910.

    "The new flag was produced in large numbers at the Cordoaria Nacional (aka National Rope House) and was officially presented nationwide on December 1, 1910, on the occasion of the 270 years of the Restoration of Independence."

    Hence, this day is called THE FLAG DAY.

    The monument also memorializes the victory of the Portuguese Restoration War and at the base, there are two allegorical statues symbolising "Independence" and "Victory".

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    Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Part VII.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 15, 2013

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    One of the most famous and valuable master pieces is the Hieronymus Bosch’s “Temptation (or temptations) of St. Anthony”. This is the often-repeated subject in history of art and literature, concerning the supernatural temptation reportedly faced by Saint Anthony the Great during his sojourn in the Egyptian desert.

    The right wing shows the scene with Saint Anthony in Meditation. The whore stands in front of the Saint and trying to seduce him but Saint Anthony is in deep meditation and doesn’t pay any attention to that seductress and other demons of this world. This is the triumph of faith.

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    Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Part VI.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 15, 2013

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    One of the most famous and valuable master pieces is the Hieronymus Bosch’s “Temptation (or temptations) of St. Anthony”. This is the often-repeated subject in history of art and literature, concerning the supernatural temptation reportedly faced by Saint Anthony the Great during his sojourn in the Egyptian desert.

    The left wing of triptych shows the flight and failure of Saint Anthony. Dickens are torturing him in the skies and brothers monks help him to stand up and walk down.

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    Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Part V.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 15, 2013

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    One of the most famous and valuable master pieces is the Hieronymus Bosch’s “Temptation (or temptations) of St. Anthony”. This is the often-repeated subject in history of art and literature, concerning the supernatural temptation reportedly faced by Saint Anthony the Great during his sojourn in the Egyptian desert.
    In the central panel you can see the black mass and triumph of demons, witches and sorcerers. You have to stand in front and spend some time to understand everything what is going on here on the central panel.

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