National Coach Museum, Belem

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Featuring a fine collection of historical coaches and carriages, National Coach Museum ranks among the most visited museums of the city. Located in a former horse training and exhibit venue from 1787, the museum holds vehicles as old as four centuries, one of which was used by King Philip II of Portugal. See the extravagant Baroque coach used by King John V in 1715, and browse numerous other models made in Italy, Portugal, France, Spain, Austria, and England. You can also view cavalry accessories, ceremonial weapons, costumes, coach engravings, and equestrian game memorabilia. See National Coach Museum and all Belem has to offer by arranging your trip with our Belem trip maker site .
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  • It really deserves to be seen this beautiful museum of, not a few, ancient carriages used by nobles, royals, ambassadors and illustrious personalities. It takes you back to the days of the 14th-18th century. A.C. Duration of the visit of about 40 minutes to be able to resume the tour hop on hop off.
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  • This museum is divided into two buildings. On one side, the modern part in a state-of-the-art building, and on the other, the old part in the Old Armoury of the Royal Palace. We only visited the old part. For a paltry price (2 euros), you discover on the ground floor several carriages (with explanations in French). In the other room are exposed the first fire brigades with ladders, stretchers, etc. Upstairs are portraits of the kings and queens of Portugal, all magnificent. The building is superb too. You can easily spend an hour in this museum. If you're going to Belém, consider visiting this museum instead of queuing for hours for the Hieronymite Monastery. I highly recommend.
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  • It is a highly impressive exhibition! It was interesting to view how the transportation has developed from Coaches to cars. Besides there are many fantastic carriages there - real masterpiece. Very unusual and fascinating
  • I was pleasantly surprised by this visit. Initially I thought it would be an hour's visit and off to the next stop. I had to pull myself out after three hours. I got to learn so much about not only the different types of coaches used over time but also the roles they played. Some were used to showcase dominance over territories, others were to show status within society while some were used to forge alliances through marriages acting as gifts in themselves or for 'neutral' spaces for bride exchanges. The second floor is split into two, one side showcases the Kings and Queens of Portugal with miniature versions of the coaches used at the time. The other side has an art exhibition, I highly recommend it.
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