MUSEU NACIONAL DOS COCHES
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Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of princes and princesses for a visit! The museum has moved to a larger building to accommodate the entire collection as well as that of Vila Viçosa (Alentejo). Today it consists of the main museum, an ultra-modern building with raw concrete accents highlighting the carriages, as well as the former building within the Royal Palace of Belém, still visible. It is one of the most emblematic museums in the city (it is also one of the most visited!): you can almost hear the horses neigh! It is, in fact, one of the most beautiful collections of coaches in the world. It is true that these highly ornamented and gold-covered cars are impressive... The first one dates from the 16th century and the last one from the middle of the 19th century. You will not miss the one of the embassy of Pope Clement XI - dos Oceanos, grafted with talha dourada, up to the wheels worked with the greatest sumptuousness. The voluminous representation of the globe and the oceans, charged with strong symbols at the back, further demonstrates in a beautiful way the leitmotiv of the See and Be Seen era. And it was indeed the part of the carriage that was most visible at the time of the passage. It should also be noted that the processional ones were very heavy: pulled by four horses for the nobility and by six for the king. At the end of the visit, you will even notice sedan chairs, closed for the ladies to protect their hairstyles.
Information on MUSEU NACIONAL DOS COCHES
Open from 10am to 6pm, closed on Mondays. Admission: 8 €. Admission for only the Picadeiro Real 4 €, coupled ticket 10 €.
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