A great way to really get to know a city is by visiting their museums. Known to house historical pieces of culture, it’s a great way to understand your surroundings, one’s way of life and sometimes personal traits. For instance, people of particular regions of a country can speak the native tongue in differential manners due to bordering states. Certain architectural patterns can differ to environmental occurrences that didn’t affect adjacent regions, and so on. One place to see, and temporarily re-live old Lisboa is at the Lisboa Story Centre
Lisboa Story Centre
Located in the Terreiro do Paço, the interactive construction of the museum allows for a hands on, attention grabbing summary of Lisbon’s history. As you walk through, the headset provided detects where you are what information correlate to the animation or object in front of you. Equipped with sound effects and fun facts, it’s perfect for all ages. My favorite part was the 1755 quake portrayal in the theatre. It demonstrates an account on what occurred, the damage done, and how life was changed forever. MUDE – Design and Fashion Museum
Focusing more on a design and fashion aspect of art, MUDE delivers 20th century items exploring the historical change, significance in cultural context and noting key design trends and 21s century trend forecasts. At the time, they had just finished their Fado exhibition so we’re only displaying their house pieces. From an original beetle to vintage pieces from Lacroix and Maison Lesage are among the designs you will see. For those who are visiting Lisboa, solely for the purpose of art, research what dates full shows will be on display. In a 3 story showplace, only one floor was available during my visit.
Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos)
Monument to the Discoveries is a monument on the Tagus River estuary, in Belém. Located where ships departed to explore and trade with India and the Orient, the memorial honors and celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. Created by Portuguese architect José Ângelo Cottinelli Telmo, and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida, in 1939, Monument to the Discovers was to only be a temporary shrine at the Portuguese World Fair. By June 1943, the original structure was demolished and a permanent monument was built complete in October 1960.
Each side is etched with famous men from the Age of Discovery including Afonso V of Portugal, Ferdinand Magellan, Bartolomeu Dias, Peter, Duke of Coimbra, and Henry the Navigator.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is too located in Belém and can be seen clearly from the Monument of the Discovers and vice versa. One of the most recognized monuments of the Manueline-style architecture it was indicted into the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1938.
Originally inhabited by Hieronymite religious order, the monastery was built by the Prince Henry the Navigator. The previous chapel by the request of Santa Maria de Belém, was serviced by monks of the military-religious Order of Christ who assisted area pilgrims.
Visitors are still able to visit the chapel and make prayers. Make sure to heed at where to enter and exit. I was scolded for going the wrong way.