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Lisbon of the Discoveries - Belém.

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Distance - 35 kms. Difficulty - Ages. Circuit - Urban. Duration - 1 day


Museu dos Coches (Coach Museum) - The National Coach Museum received the Award for Best Application Management and Multimedia. Created on the initiative of Queen Amelia of Orleans-Braganza, wife of King Carlos I, of Portugal, the "Coach Museum Reaes", as it was then called, was opened on May 23, 1905



Pasteis  de Belém (Belém Pastry) - In the early 19th century in Belem, next to the Jeronimos Monastery, laboring a refining cane sugar associated with a small place of varied stores. As a result of the Liberal Revolution occurred in 1820, are in 1834 closed all the convents of Portugal, driving the clergy and employees. In an attempt to survive, one of the Monastery offers for sale at that store a pastel candy, quickly called "Pastel de Belém".



Mosteiro dos Jerónimos  (Jeronimos Monastery) - 16th Century, with Manueline architecture, this monastery is the most notable Portuguese monastery complex of his time and one of Europe's main churches-hall and classified as a National Monument since 1907 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. on July 7, 2007 was elected as one of the seven wonders of Portugal.

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Museu da Marinha (Navy Museum) - Was the King Louis the only Portuguese monarch who commanded ships, who began to write the history of the Navy Museum. The July 22, 1863, decreed the establishment of a collection of testimonies related to the Portuguese maritime activity. Reflects the laudable conservation effort, which was observed during the 16th and 17th centuries. This was the case of the Queen Mary II, which greatly contributed to the formation of the core initial parts of this museum, to offer to the Royal Academy of Guards Navy - Naval Academy's predecessor - the patterns of existing vessels in the Help Palace.

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CCB – Centro Cultural de elém (Cultural Center of Belem) - Was started in September 1988 and completed in September 1993. On the basis of its construction was the need for an architectural device that could receive, in 1992, the Portuguese presidency of the European Union, and that, at the same time, could remain as a core facility for cultural and leisure activities. The large auditorium seats 1,429 seats, the small auditorium has a capacity of 310 seats and the Rehearsal Room holds 85 seats. Also has four galleries that presents and produces art exhibitions, architecture, design and photography



Jardins de Belém (Belem Garden) - Garden Vasco da Gama, usually known only to Belem Gardens is an extension of about five hectares lawns and surrounded by a fringe of trees. Situated on the site of the beach where there was leaving the ships in the Age of Discovery, this work of landscape architect António Saraiva has to the center a statue dedicated to the browser of the same name, Vasco da Gama.

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Padrao dos Descobrimentos (The Discoveries) - The Monument to the Discoveries (or Monument to the Discoveries, or Monument to Mariners) is located in the town of Belem, the city and district of Lisbon in Portugal. Prominently on the right bank of the Tagus river, the original monument in perishable materials, was erected in 1940 during the Portuguese World Exhibition to honor the historical figures involved in the Portuguese Discoveries; the current replica is later, and was inaugurated in 1960. In addition to the main statue of Prince Henry the Navigator, holding a model of a ship, on both sides of the monument ramps there are a total of 32 figures in the history of the discoveries specifically (left to right)

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Torre de Belém (Belem Tower) - The Tower of Belém is one of the most significant monuments of the city of Lisbon. Located on the right bank of the Tagus river, where once existed the beach of Belem. Initially surrounded by the waters around its perimeter has been progressively involved the beach, to be incorporated today to the mainland. The monument stands out for implicit nationalism, as it is all surrounded by decorations Coat of arms of Portugal, including registration of the Order of Christ the crosses on the bastion of windows; these characteristics refer mainly to the typical architecture of a time when the country was a global power (the early modern period). This fortification was part of the defensive plan of the Tagus river bar projected at the time of John II of Portugal (1481-1495). Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 1983, was elected as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal on July 7, 2007.

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Museu do Oriente (Oriental Museum) - The opening of the Orient Museum, in 2008, marked a new cycle in the life of the Orient Foundation. The principles that led to its creation remain, as remains the will of serving Portugal and the vocation to contribute to the encounter between East and West and a relationship between civilizations in which knowledge, art and also economic relations replace ignorance, fanaticism and war. The international resurgence of China and India and the crucial importance of relations between Portugal and Europe with the new Asia are now a manifest reality. And if diplomacy and economic relations are essential, they will, however, be based, as in the past, in the arts, sciences and culture, which can represent lasting forms of convergence between the great civilizations. The permanent exhibition "Portuguese Presence in Asia" is worthy of a visit.

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Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art) - Created in 1884, living for almost 130 years, the Alvor Palace and fulfilling more than one of the current designation century, the NMAA - National Museum of Ancient Art houses the most relevant Portuguese public collection, including painting, sculpture , jewelery and decorative, European arts of Africa and the Orient. Composed of more than 40,000 items, the NMAA the collection includes the largest number of works classified by the state as "national treasures". Also encompasses, in the various fields, reference works of world artistic heritag



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