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The Lisbon Coach Museum
The national coach museum is more than a hundred years old, and the building is worth of taking photos, a magnificent painted ceiling and paintings on the second floor make this museum not only a place with the old royal vehicles, but also a place for art.
The museum was inaugurated on the 23rd May of 1905, and the original collection included 29 vehicles, which were owned by the Royal House.
It is located in one of the most touristic areas of Lisbon, Belém, where you cannot miss the "Pastéis de Belém" and you can also visit beautiful gardens and the "Mosteiro dos Jerónimos".
Near the museum there is a construction site where the a new coach museum is being built(almost finished by now). It is a modern building and it will have more space for the coaches. It is not as magnificent as the old one but it will have more space for the visitors to enjoy the view.
The visit starts with the view of the oldest Coaches.
These are not so graceful or fast as the others you will find during the visit, but they are the oldest and managed to survive so long.
One of the Oldest
There are several types of coaches, as well as several types of conservation.
You can be very near the vehicles, which is cool since you can easily check the interior and take good photos.
In the last photo of this group you can see the details that were taken into account when a coach was made.
When you enter you just do not look to the Coaches, there is also other things to admire. You can see the painted ceiling, the paintings in the walls and the uniforms of that time.
This way you can feel you are time travelling to almost a hundred years ago.
Even the Ceiling is Work of Art
Since the museum has lack of space for so much coaches, you can see that some painting are behind the coaches.
This in particular is a coach made for the pope, so to please him, it is full of gold and angel images
Coaches and Painting Side by Side
This is one of the uniforms you can see in the museum.
They all are well restored, and it is a complement to the historic voyage.
The interior of the coaches are mainly simple but confortable; Or at least, that is what they seem.
The next photo shows that the interior looks confortable enough to a long trip, with space enough to stretch their legs. This particular coach is one of the most equipped since it has a table.
The Interior of a Coach, Cozy & Luxury
This is an advertisement paper of renting vehicles in the XIXth/XXth century.
The main target was renting coaches for Weddings and Baptisms.
The qualities enhanced in this advert. are:
- Rubber Wheels
- Coachmen well dressed
The Regicide Landeaux
This travel vehicle is important by its marks. It was on this vehicle that in 1908 the King and the Crown Prince were killed by Republicans.
You can still see the marks left by the bullets on one door.
The Navy Museum
You can find near the Coach Museum, the Navy Museum, there you can find the royal transports to use on water.
As you can see in the pictures below, the boats that the Royal House used are also full of luxury, with a lot of details.
The size of these are much bigger than the coaches, but the area that was used by the Royal Family was not so bigger. More than half of the boat was occupied by the sailors, since unlike Coaches, there were no horses to carry the boat.
Location of the National Coach Museum
- MNC - Museu
Official link of the Museum and Leaflet.