Portugal
Jardim da Torre de Belém

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  • Mar28

    Belém's Old Carriage Museum

    March 28, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    We have visited many museums in Portugal but we were blown away by this one!

    Situated beside the Tagus River, at the point where it meets the Atlantic, Belém is the place from which the caravels sailed on their ‘voyage of discovery’. Nowadays, it is an area just outside of Lisbon where people can spend time relaxing in the parks or visiting historical monuments and modern museums. The area is full of cafes as well as seafood restaurants. We were intrigued by the description of the place so we decided to go there.

    We took Rick Steves’ advice once again and took the 15E tram from the Mundial Hotel to Belém.

    Our first stop was at the National Coach Museum which is housed in two buildings. Originally, it was only in the ornate royal riding arena, but the collection is so big that a new modern concrete complex was built across the street. We visited both places.

    The royal riding arena only houses eight carriages, a selection of portraits and a wing displaying 19th-century firefight equipment. But what a building it is! The main riding area is ornately painted and it is a fascinating building.

    The most important and oldest exhibit is the coach used by King Felipe II of Portugal as he travelled from Spain to Portugal in 1619. Another amazing exhibit is the ceremonial Coach of the Oceans, a carriage belonging to Pope Clement XI, which was given King John V in 1715, and is lavishly decorated in gold.

    The coach collection was originally created by Queen Amélia in 1905 and housed in the royal riding arena. The arena was 50m long and 17m wide, and was used for training horses as well as for horse riding exhibitions and games. It used to have balconies so that the Portuguese royal family could watch the events from luxurious surroundings.

    The queen included all of the carriages belonging to the Portuguese royal family in the museum’s collection. After the demise of the royal family the Portuguese government maintained the coach museum.

    Just a few fun facts ... the Portuguese royalty played a fun riding game with a rotating figure of a Moor with a shield and a whip. The game was called “ Charging the Estafermo” in which the rider tried to strike the shield with a lance, causing the figure to rotate and then the rider had to quickly escape without being hit by the whip. See our last photograph. The museum had one of the figures on display.

    Toilets on coaches? One of the seats had a seat that lifted and there was a potty underneath!
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  • Mar28

    Belem's New Carriage Museum

    March 28, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    The new building houses around 40 royal vehicles from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. There were coaches, berlins, sedan chairs, children’s coaches and carriages – all of which are decorated in a rich and over the top style. Pretty jaw dropping. The time and work that went into making these vehicles!

    There was also a display of miniatures of the carriages. Hi I that it would have been a cool project to make one of these.

    Upstairs, we saw the fun tongue in cheek art exhibit showing modern interpretations of all the Kings and Queens of Portugal. The artist also included their nicknames and how they were related. Very clever. We wish that we could remember his name as we loved his artworks. (Gomes? Torres?)

    Anyways, as mentioned, we were blown away by the splendour and workmanship of the coaches and were happy that we made the effort to visit this amazing museum.
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  • Day15

    Belém

    April 2, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Als nächstes stoppten wir dann in Belém, ein Stadtteil westlich von Lissabon, wo es noch einige historische Gebäude und Gärten zu sehen gab, welche direkt am Tajo liegen.
    Am Fluss gab es zudem dann noch eine militärische Ausstellung oder irgendetwas in der Art.
    War auch ganz schön anzusehen und so schlenderte man ein wenig durch das Stadtviertel.
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  • Day2

    Belem

    October 16, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Belem, schöner Sandstein aus Porta Westfalica.
    Ein schlauer Mensch hat mal gesagt: „deswegen ist Deutschland so reich und Portugal so arm“
    Da kann man sich drüber streiten 🙈

    Wendepunkt für viele, auch für uns.
    Seefahrer hatten Angst, wir hatten keinen Bock mehr.
    🏃🏼‍♂️🏃🏼‍♀️
    Frühstück 🥞🍯🍽 wartet, Turbo gezündet.
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  • Day5

    Belem ist wunderschön

    December 30, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Das Wetter war für diesen Tag super, daher wollten wir ans Wasser. Leider ging der Bus nicht so weit wie wir wollten, also war ein kleiner Fußmarsch notwendig, der uns auf einen interessanten Hinterhof Flohmarkt geführt hatte. Da haben wir uns richtig viel Zeit vertrieben, war interessant. Sind dann langsam am Wasser Richtung Belem marschiert und haben die Sonne genossen und sind bis zum Torre de Belem gelaufen, wo wir auch pünktlich zum Sonnenuntergang angekommen waren. Abends haben wir Barrio Alto nochmal unsicher gemacht und sind alle ziemlich abgestützt. Der Clube da Esquina soll ja angeblich gute Cocktails machen…. Soviel Alkohol hatte ich noch nie in einem Mojito. Wir mussten warten, bis das Eis schmilzt, damit es etwas besser schmeckte. Als wir in der letzten Bar einen B52 getrunken haben, hat der uns allen das Genick gebrochen. Doofe Idee gewesen, aber es war trotzdem ein sehr cooler Abend.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Jardim da Torre de Belém, Jardim da Torre de Belem