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Museu Nacional dos Coches: a magical visit for all ages

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Come discover one of the largest collections of carriages in the world.

Located, since its inception, on the banks of the Tagus in a former armoury of the Royal Palace of Belém, this is one of the oldest museums in the city. It was inaugurated in 1905 by Queen Amélie of Orléans, wife of King Charles I, who wanted a place to keep the horse-drawn carriages and coaches of the Portuguese royal family.

The building is a treasure trove, with gorgeous paintings and azulejos on the walls, and an exquisite indoor arena where horses were trained and equestrian shows were held. Picture yourself driving one of these magnificent vehicles (coaches, sedans, cars, trucks, litters, sedan chairs), dating from the 17th century until the advent of the automobile. In May 2015, part of the museum was relocated to Belém and housed in a new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha.

Museu Nacional dos Coches
Av. da Índia 136, 1300-004 Lisboa

+351 (0)21 073 2319

Museu Nacional dos Coches
Praça Afonso de Albuquerque
1300-004 Lisboa

+351 (0)21 363 6307

www.museudoscoches.pt/pt/

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