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DECORATIVE ARTS MUSEUM

The Ricardo Espirito Santo Foundation collection

Decorative Arts Museum Situated in a corner of Miradouro das Portas do Sol in the 17th century Azurara Palace, this brilliant museum gives a picture of aristocratic life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The building was bought by Ricardo Espirito Santo, a wealthy banker who later bequeathed his valuable collection to the state. On display is magnificent Indo-Portuguese furniture, a priceless collection of silver and Chinese porcelain, and several Flemish tapestries from the 16th and 18th centuries.

The interior of the palace itself is beautiful, with its original 17th century wooden floors, painted ceilings, and panels of blue and white tiles making it an ideal setting for the exceptional furniture and tapestries. The most captivating areas are the bedrooms and the upstairs dining room, with an ancient grandfather clock and a beautiful painted ceiling.

Decorative Arts Museum Alongside the museum are workshops where artisans reproduce antiques and practice traditional crafts like gilding, wood-carving, and bookbinding.

You may end your visit at the workshops seeing the artisans at work, or with a drink at the lovely courtyard cafe.

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How to Visit

Where: Largo das Portas do Sol, 2, Alfama
How: Walk up from Baixa or tram 28, or bus 37.
When: 10AM-5PM (Closed Christmas, New Year's, and May 1st)
What: www.fress.pt

Sights Nearby

Saint George's Castle - Overlooking the city from millennium-old walls.
Miradouro Portas do Sol - Standing over Alfama.
Miradouro de Santa Luzia - Views of the river and Alfama.
The Cathedral - The city's oldest building.
São Vicente de Fora Church - A 16th century monastery with an exceptional tiled interior.
The National Pantheon - The domed church that took centuries to complete.
Santo Antonio Church - Saint Anthony's birthplace.
Graça Church and Miradouro - A panoramic view to the castle and the city.
Casa dos Bicos - A 16th century architectural curiosity.
The Roman Theater - The archaological remains of a once large Roman theater.





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
Lisbon Galleries
Lisbon Museums

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
-Santa Luzia
-Portas do Sol
-Docas
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-MUSEUMS
-ITINERARIES
-VIEWPOINTS
-BEACHES
-KIDS & FAMILY Attractions
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