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    Monument to the Discoveries

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 12, 2013

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    We tried several times to get this jumping shot
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    I first saw the Monument to the Discoveries on the Travel Channel when Samantha Brown went on it --- so I decided I wanted to go there myself – and also get a jumping picture!
    Sure enough, we easily found this monument that was built in 1940 for the Portuguese World Exhibition. It was getting late, and we had to make a decision whether we were going up this monument or the nearby Tower of Belem. We chose to climb up this wonderful piece of Portuguese history.
    And for just 2.50 Euros, you get to go inside and there is a guard at the elevator who was nice and smiling at us, and who later ran up to us when my sister fell and the metal stand outside the little film theatre went on the ground with a loud bang – and with my sister’s scream, lol….so be careful as you walk around the lobby of this monument!
    There is an elevator – tiny one which fit 6-8 people I think – and we went to the highest level which gave us a nice view of the city. It is actually just a small space, but enjoyable to be up this well=known monument and just to be able to say, I went up there!” hehehe…
    I thought we could walk around the statues themselves and we went back to the elevator to look for the entrance, but we did not find any such access…instead, we just saw another level for the toilets I think and some brochures.
    Don’t forget to get a glimpse of the WIND ROSE at the access area, which is a gift from South Africa which is made of marble and 50 meters in diameter with designs which marks the voyages of the Portuguese on the world map. Remember that the Portuguese did “discover” the Cape of Good Hope in 1488.
    The brochure given by the monument will point out the people immortalized by the specific statues which include Portuguese notables from painters, navigators like Vasco de Gama, sea captains, princes and even one designated as a traveler (Pedro Da Cuvilha)! Was the latter a Virtual Tourist member? Hehehe…
    We just took the taxi going to this monument which from our hotel was about 5 Euros – most hotels within Lisboa are 4-6 Euros away. But by bus, you can take Nos 27, 28, 29, 43, and 49. Tram no 15 passes by, and the train station nearest is of course, Belem. Car parking around the area is free.
    Opening Times
    Tuesday to Sunday
    May to September 10 AM -7 PM
    October to April 10 AM - 6 PM
    Last admission 30 minutes before
    Closed Jan 1, May 1 and Christmas Day

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    Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Part IV.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 12, 2013

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    And here is the so-called Cologne Altar of unknown master of Cologne school. That altar with the side wings shows the scenes of the Christ’s Passions. This is the excellent source on the Western European fashion, weapon and armor of the period around 1500 and this altar is the real masterpiece of the Late Gothic Art.
    You can see the crucifixion with Joseph and Mary. The scene of arrest in the garden of Gethsemane with the kiss of Judah and Saint Peter cutting the Malhus’ ear. Flagellation of our Savior. Jesus in front of Pontius Pilates washing the hands. Road to Calvary.

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    Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Part II.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 11, 2013

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    The polyptych from St. Vincent's monastery attributed to Nuno Gonçalves between 1460 and 1470 is the most important example of Portuguese art of XV century.
    http://www.mnarteantiga-ipmuseus.pt/pt-PT/Informacoes%20Uteis/ContentDetail.aspx

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    Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 11, 2013

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    The National Museum of Ancient Art houses the country's greatest collection of paintings in Portugal. The museum has many notable paintings, including the polyptych from St. Vincent's monastery attributed to Nuno Gonçalves between 1460 and 1470. There are 60 portraits of leading figures of Portuguese history. Other outstanding works are Hieronymus Bosch's triptych The Temptation of St. Anthony, Hans Memling's Mother and Child, Albrecht Dürer's St. Jerome, and paintings by Velázquez, Poussin, and Courbet. Especially noteworthy is the 12 Apostles, by Zurbarán. Paintings from the 15th through the 19th centuries trace the development of Portuguese and European art.
    The museum also exhibits a remarkable collection of gold and silversmiths' works, both Portuguese and foreign. Among these is the cross from Alcobaça and the monstrance of Belém, constructed with the first gold brought from India by Vasco da Gama. Another exceptional example is the 18th-century French silver tableware ordered by José I. Diverse objects from Benin, India, Persia, China, and Japan were culled from the proceeds of Portuguese expansion overseas. Two excellent pairs of screens depict the Portuguese relationship with Japan in the 17th century. Flemish tapestries, a rich assemblage of church vestments, Italian polychrome ceramics, and sculptures are also on display.
    http://www.mnarteantiga-ipmuseus.pt/pt-PT/Informacoes%20Uteis/ContentDetail.aspx

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    Museu Do Combatenete, part IV.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 8, 2013

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    Museu Do Combatenete is situated in the Fort of the Good Success just behind the Belem Tower. That small museum dedicated mostly to the rank and file Portuguese soldier. There are uniforms, armament, rank insignias, and personal belongings of Portuguese Soldiers starting from WW I and the colonial wars of 1961-1974 till nowadays. Some stuff in the exhibition is really unique. Outside the museum building you can see US tank M3 Stuart, 75 mm. French 76 mm. field gun of WW I period and other guns and armament used by the Portuguese Armed Forces. There are also arms and armament produced by different countries which was captured by Portuguese Army during the last colonial wars in Africa. Yes, indeed, the Guard mounting ceremony is worth to see just to be familiar with Portuguese military drills and ceremonies. To my mind the Fort and its museum are excellent national memorial and tribute to all Portuguese soldiers and officers. I highly recommend visiting that place and spending there one and half hour. This is the fabulous place to finish the day in Belem.

    Email: fbs.marketing@ligacombatentes.org.pt

    Web: www.ligacombatentes.org.pt

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    Museu Do Combatenete, part III.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 8, 2013

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    Another field howitzer
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    Museu Do Combatenete is situated in the Fort of the Good Success just behind the Belem Tower. That small museum dedicated mostly to the rank and file Portuguese soldier. There are uniforms, armament, rank insignias, and personal belongings of Portuguese Soldiers starting from WW I and the colonial wars of 1961-1974 till nowadays. Some stuff in the exhibition is really unique. Outside the museum building you can see US tank M3 Stuart, 75 mm. French 76 mm. field gun of WW I period and other guns and armament used by the Portuguese Armed Forces. There are also arms and armament produced by different countries which was captured by Portuguese Army during the last colonial wars in Africa. Yes, indeed, the Guard mounting ceremony is worth to see just to be familiar with Portuguese military drills and ceremonies. To my mind the Fort and its museum are excellent national memorial and tribute to all Portuguese soldiers and officers. I highly recommend visiting that place and spending there one and half hour. This is the fabulous place to finish the day in Belem.

    Phone: 351 213 017 225
    Email: fbs.marketing@ligacombatentes.org.pt
    Fax: 351 213 463 394
    Web: www.ligacombatentes.org.pt

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    Museu Do Combatenete, Continuation.

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 8, 2013

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    Early trophies of African campaigns
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    Museu Do Combatenete is situated in the Fort of the Good Success just behind the Belem Tower. That small museum dedicated mostly to the rank and file Portuguese soldier. There are uniforms, armament, rank insignias, and personal belongings of Portuguese Soldiers starting from WW I and the colonial wars of 1961-1974 till nowadays. Some stuff in the exhibition is really unique. Outside the museum building you can see US tank M3 Stuart, 75 mm. French 76 mm. field gun of WW I period and other guns and armament used by the Portuguese Armed Forces. There are also arms and armament produced by different countries which was captured by Portuguese Army during the last colonial wars in Africa. Yes, indeed, the Guard mounting ceremony is worth to see just to be familiar with Portuguese military drills and ceremonies. To my mind the Fort and its museum are excellent national memorial and tribute to all Portuguese soldiers and officers. I highly recommend visiting that place and spending there one and half hour. This is the fabulous place to finish the day in Belem.

    Phone: 351 213 017 225
    Email: fbs.marketing@ligacombatentes.org.pt
    Fax: 351 213 463 394
    Web: www.ligacombatentes.org.pt

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    Museu Do Combatenete or Museum of fighting soldier

    by Oleg_D. Written Feb 8, 2013

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    Forte do Bom Sucesso (Fort of the Good Success)
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    Museu Do Combatenete is situated in the Fort of the Good Success just behind the Belem Tower. That small museum dedicated mostly to the rank and file Portuguese soldier. There are uniforms, armament, rank insignias, and personal belongings of Portuguese Soldiers starting from WW I and the colonial wars of 1961-1974 till nowadays. Some stuff in the exhibition is really unique. Outside the museum building you can see US tank M3 Stuart, 75 mm. French 76 mm. field gun of WW I period and other guns and armament used by the Portuguese Armed Forces. There are also arms and armament produced by different countries which was captured by Portuguese Army during the last colonial wars in Africa. Yes, indeed, the Guard mounting ceremony is worth to see just to be familiar with Portuguese military drills and ceremonies. To my mind the Fort and its museum are excellent national memorial and tribute to all Portuguese soldiers and officers. I highly recommend visiting that place and spending there one and half hour. This is the fabulous place to finish the day in Belem.

    Phone: 351 213 017 225

    Email: fbs.marketing@ligacombatentes.org.pt

    Fax: 351 213 463 394

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    Money museum

    by solopes Written Jan 29, 2013

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    Money Museum - Lisbon

    In my last visit to Lisbon (January 28th, 2013) I was surprised by a slab in St Juliao church facade, identifying it as the museum of Banco de Portugal.

    Back home I checked the news and found that... it will be true. The original church was destroyed by Lisbon earthquake, and a new one was built in location, in the usual Pombal style. From 1868 to 1933 the national bank bought one by one all the nine buildings in the quarter, the church being the last one.

    Since then it was used as warehouse and later garage, until 2007, when the bank decided to recover the building as a respectable place to Money museum. The works were expensive but they ara about to be finished, so, if you come to Lisbon after the mid of this year you will have a new museum well located, right beside City Hall.

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    Carriages Museum

    by solopes Updated Jan 25, 2013

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    Lisbon - Portugal
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    Maybe the most visited museum in Portugal, it is a "Must see", generally included in the visit to Jeronimos monastery, located at short distance. It has a precious collection covering three centuries.
    There's a plan to move the museum to a new building in 2012 which is a pity, since the palace is also beautiful.

    The entrance costs 5€, 2.50 € to senior and 2 € to children

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    National Pantheon

    by deeper_blue Written Nov 27, 2012

    In the Alfama district, visit the National Pantheon/Church of Santa Engracia, home to many former Portuguese presidents and cenotaphs to Cabral and Da Gama. The architecture is amazing and in the baroque style with a massive organ the centrepiece.

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    Medeiros e Almeida Museum - Excellent collection

    by J_Antunes Written Sep 30, 2012
    Almeida e Medeiros Museum - Living Room
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    It was a sunny Saturday morning when I decided to visit this charming little museum. There was no one inside and no one came to see it during the 1h30 hours I was there. The museum is amazing and significantly bigger than one might expect from the outside. The collection of furniture to paintings, oriental art or clocks is impressive with very exquisite and unique pieces from around the world.

    For me it is an intimate and beautiful museum that is ought to be visited and that displays a taste and variety difficult to find anywhere, ah, and yes it is free Saturday morning.

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    MARITIME MUSEUM III. The Royal Barges.

    by breughel Updated Sep 29, 2012

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    This huge pavilion - Pavilhão das Galeotas - on the other side of the court-yard contains very fine pieces like the famous royal barges and several traditional fishing, river traffic and pleasure craft.

    There are six of these "galeotas" barges build in the 18th c., much decorated, and used by the members of the royal family and dignitaries on the river Tagus.

    Most striking is the Royal brig «bergantim real» 29 m long, 4 m maximum width, built for Queen Maria I in 1780 . The brig was propelled by 40 oars with 78 oarsmen and carried such historical figures as Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany and Elizabeth II of England in 1957. This was the last trip of the Royal brig.

    The 1st Crossing of the South Atlantic by Air in 1922 by Portuguese naval officers is evoked in a part of this pavilion with the seaplane Santa Cruz.

    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(2012): 5 €, 6/18 years old, students & over 65 old 2,50 €.
    Lisboa Card 3,0 €
    Free: 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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    Fado's Museum

    by solopes Updated Sep 21, 2012

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    Confraria do Fado - Lisbon - Portugal
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    Right at the "main door" of Alfama you have Fado Museum.

    It deserves your visit, and, with luck, it is a good opportunity for listening to fado outside the commercial circuit.

    My pictures were taken in the museum, during a recent homage to the fado's fraternity (Confraria do Fado) chairman - my friend Abel Coutinho

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    Military Museum - The canons

    by solopes Updated Aug 30, 2012
    Lisbon - Portugal
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    The visit of the Military Museum may be considered "three in one" - the palace, the weapons and the art collections.

    In a recent visit I noticed the hard work done to enhance each one of these aspects, and, for instance, visited for the first time the interior "páteo" where we may see now, one of the greatest canon collections in the world, with canons from the 14th to the 19th centuries.

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