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Lisbon, Portugal

Museu Nacional dos Coches

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Today: 10:00am-6:00pm
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Cost: $5.88 USD (5.00 EUR)

The Royal Wheels

Before cars became the primary mode of transportation in the 20th century, Portuguese royalty rode in beautiful, elaborately made horse-drawn coaches. Amélie of Orléans, the last queen of Portugal, founded the museum in an effort to preserve the legacy of these coaches, and thanks to her we are able to view centuries-old carriages. Yes, the subject matter is simple and fairly repetitive, but for those interested in “real life” artwork, specifically of the Baroque style, there is perhaps no better place in Lisbon to see so much of it, this up-close and personal. Note the evolution of the carriages over time, specifically the technology, decoration and comfort of the designs.

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