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Ancient Art Museum  

Ancient Art Museum

Portugal's National Gallery is the Ancient Art Museum, housed in a 17th century palace. Its most significant works include Hieronymus Bosch's Temptation of Saint Anthony and Albrecht Dürer's Saint Jerome, but the main highlight is a 15th century masterpiece attributed to Portuguese artist Nuno Gonçalves, called the Panels of Saint Vincent. It is one of the first collective portraits in European art, showing sixty portraits of various personalities believed to be venerating Saint Vincent. One of them is Prince Henry the Navigator in his most famous illustration. In addition to paintings, there is also a collection of sculptures and decorative arts, much of it related to the Age of Discovery when Portugal made Europe's first cultural exchanges with Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Of particular interest is the Monstrance of Belém made with gems and gold brought back by Vasco da Gama, and Japanese screens showing the Portuguese arriving in Japan. After a visit to the museum, relax in its delightful garden with river views where you can sit enjoying a drink or meal from the museum café.

Basilica of Estrela

From outside, this is Lisbon's prettiest and most monumental church. It's a neoclassical basilica with a large rococo dome built in 1790 in thanks for the birth of Queen Maria I' son. The interior is covered in marble and contains the queen's tomb, as well as a huge Christmas manger with more than 500 figures. It is possible to visit the rooftop by the dome for city views. This is one of the main stops of trams 28 and 25, and across the church is the charming Estrela garden.
  Basilica of Estrela

Orient Museum  

Orient Museum

As the European city to make the first cultural and trade contacts with much of Asia, Lisbon had to have a space dedicated to the art and culture of the Orient, explaining the role it played in it. This museum opened in 2008 in a former warehouse and has an important collection of Indo-Portuguese pieces, Chinese ceramics, masks, paintings, and textiles. There are also Hindu and Buddhist pieces as part of the "Gods of Asia" collection donated by Kwok On, and a restaurant serving an Asian menu. More than a museum, this is a cultural center also hosting special events and temporary exhibitions relating to the Far East.







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