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ANCIENT ART MUSEUM

Portugal's national gallery

Ancient Art MuseumTram 25 passes through the district of Lapa, stopping by Rua das Janelas Verdes, home of the Ancient Art Museum (just a short walk down the street from the tram stop). It contains 14th to 20th century European works by artists such as Bosch (whose "Temptation of St. Anthony" is one of the museum's most valuable treasures), Dürer, and Raphael.

Veneration of St. Vincent paintings The most important of the Portuguese paintings is undoubtedly the "Veneration of St. Vincent," regarded as an important historical document, portraying some prominent 15th century personalities such as Henry the Navigator.

Also interesting are 16th century Japanese screens showing the Portuguese arriving in Japan. For the Japanese it was their first contact with Europeans and their fascination by the Portuguese is seen in the particular emphasis given to the Portuguese's mustaches, unoriental size of their noses, and buttons, which were unheard of in Japan. Bosch's Temptation of St. Anthony Also from this era are Afro-Portuguese carved tusks, Indo-Portuguese chests, and samples of Chinese porcelain shipped to Lisbon. The theme of the discoveries is ever-present, illustrating Portugal's links with Africa, India, China and Japan.

Not to be missed is also a fine collection of decorative art and silverware, including the Monstrance of Belem, which was made from the first shipment of gold brought home by Vasco da Gama, and the collection of French 18th century silverware, especially the pieces by François Thomas Germain, one of the finest in the world, that once belonged to the Portuguese royal family.

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How to Visit

Where: Rua das Janelas Verdes, Lapa
How: Tram 25
When: Wed.-Sun. 10AM-6PM; Tues. 2PM-6PM. Closed Mondays and Tuesday mornings.
What: www.mnarteantiga-ipmuseus.pt

Sights Nearby

Basilica da Estrela - Pretty domed basilica.
Estrela Gardens - Pleasant park with exotic plants.
São Bento Palace - The country's Neoclassical parliament.
Marionette Museum - Lovely collection of puppets from around the world.





LISBON MUSEUMS
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Ancient Art Museum
Berardo Museum of Modern Art
Design & Fashion Museum
Modern Art Center
The Tile Museum
Coaches Museum
Maritime Museum
Archaeology Museum
Chiado Museum
The City Museum
Orient Museum
Decorative Arts Museum
Anastácio Gonçalves Museum
Medeiros e Almeida Museum
Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Museum
Interactive Science Museum
Carmo Church Archeological Museum
São Roque Sacred Art Museum
Aqueduct-Mãe d'Agua Water Museum
Saint Anthony Church and Museum
Fado Museum
Military Museum
Roman Theater and Museum
Marionette Museum
Outsider Art Museum
Electricity Museum
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LISBON ATTRACTIONS
NEIGHBORHOODS
-Baixa (Downtown)
-Bairro Alto & Chiado
-Belem
-Alfama
-Parque das Nações
-Uptown

CASTLES & FORTRESSES
-Saint George's Castle
-Belem Tower

PALACES
-Ajuda Palace
-Fronteira Palace
-Belem Palace
-São Bento Palace

MUSEUMS
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HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE
-Discoveries Monument
-Santa Justa Elevator
-Rossio Station
-Casa dos Bicos
-25th of April Bridge
-Monument to Christ
-São Carlos Theater
-The Aqueduct
-Campo Pequeno
-Roman Theater Ruins

MODERN ARCHITECTURE
-Vasco da Gama Bridge
-Vasco da Gama Tower
-Oriente Station
-Portugal Pavilion
-Atlantic Pavilion
-Belem Cultural Center
-Lisbon Casino
-Oceanarium
MAIN STREETS & SQUARES
-Comercio Square
-Rossio Square
-Rua Augusta
-Municipal Square
-Camões Square
-Figueira Square
-Rua Portas Santo Antão
-Restauradores Square
-Avenida da Liberdade
-Marquês de Pombal Square

CHURCHES
-Jeronimos Monastery
-Carmo Convent
-São Roque Church
-Estrela Basilica
-The Cathedral
-São Vicente de Fora Monastery
-National Pantheon
-Saint Anthony Church
-Graça Church
-Conceição Velha Church
-São Domingos Church
-Memoria Church
PARKS & GARDENS
-Edward VII Park
-Tropical Garden
-Miradouro São Pedro Alcântara
-Miradouro de Santa Catarina
-Botanical Garden
-Estrela Gardens
-Ajuda Botanical Garden
-Principe Real
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-Portas do Sol
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