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One of the most elegant areas of Lisbon

Calouste Gulbenkian  

Calouste Gulbenkian

This world-class museum presents the extraordinary collection of Calouste Gulbenkian, an oil magnate and art collector who left all of his art to Lisbon upon his death. A foundation was created in his name, and in addition to the museum with his collection there is a modern art center showing 20th century Portuguese and British art, and an auditorium in the foundation's main building for a rich cultural program of international artists and the foundation's own orchestra and choir. The collection of works by René Lalique, which Calouste Gulbenkian acquired directly from the artist, is considered unique in the world not only for its quality but also quantity. The Museum is part of an architectonic complex which comprises the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation head office building, an Art Library, auditoriums for concerts and conferences, a cafeteria and shops. The Gulbenkian Park, a place where contact with nature is privileged, further includes the Modern Art Center and an open-air auditorium.

Park Eduardo VII

Lisbon's central park ascends one of the city's hills and provides a wonderful view from the top. It is made up of symmetrical box hedging and a variety of plants, most of them found inside glasshouses from the 1930s (the cool greenhouse and the hot greenhouse), which are filled with exotic species from tropical climates. There is also an attractive tile-covered building dedicated to Carlos Lopes (he won the Los Angeles Olympics marathon for Portugal) where special events are held. Every summer it's also the site of the city's annual book fair, lasting for several days. The park was named after Britain's Edward VII who visited Lisbon in 1903, six centuries after the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance was signed.
 
Parque Eduardo VII







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