Museu Nacional dos Coches
Museu Nacional dos Coches Review
In a former royal riding school with a gorgeous painted ceiling, the National Coach Museum has a dazzling collection of gloriously gilded horse-drawn carriages. The oldest on display was made for Philip II of Spain in the late 1500s; the most stunning are three conveyances created in Rome for King John V in 1716. The museum, Portugal's most visited, is right next door to the official residence of the President of the Republic, whose Museu da Presidência tells the story of the presidency, profiles the officeholders, and displays gifts they have received on state visits. As of this writing, the Coach Museum was to move across the road into a purpose-built structure designed by Brazilian Pritzker Prize winner Paulo Mendes da Rocha; visitors are to be able to watch restoration work being carried out on carriages.
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