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Museu Nacional dos Coches (Coach Museum), Lisbon
The Museu Nacional dos Coches (Coach Museum of Lisbon) houses an exceptional collection of ceremonial coaches and other ornate horse draw vehicles. The collection includes state carriages from across Europe between the 16th and 19th century. Among the Coach Museum of Lisbon's rarest items is a late 16th/early 17th-century traveling coach used by King Philip II of Portugal as he left Spain and return to an independent Portugal in 1619. Another standout exhibit is the ceremonial Coach of the Oceans a carriage belonging to Pope Clement XI which was given King John V in 1715 which is lavishly decorated in gold.
Coach Museum Lisbon Tourist Guide
The Coach Museum of Lisbon museum is located within the Belem district of Lisbon and can be reached by tram (tram service 15E) from the Praça do Comércio in the Baixa district of Lisbon. The museum is open 10am-6pm Tuesday to Sunday and the adult entrance fee is €6.00/€4.00 (audult/child).
Museu Nacional Coches Lisbon History
The coach collection was created by Queen Amélia in 1905 and was housed in the royal riding arena. The arena was 50m long and 17m wide, and was used for training horses, for horse riding exhibitions and games. The arena used to have balconies so that the Portuguese royal family could watch the events from luxurious surroundings. The royal riding arena was added as an extension to Belem Palace which was later converted into the Museu Nacional dos Coches under the Queen Amélia requests. The queen included all of the carriages belonging to the Portuguese royal family in the museum’s collection. After the demise of the royal family the Portuguese government maintained the coach museum.