Architecture & City / Lisbon
Museum of coaches in BelémThe Museu Nacional dos Coches is the biggest museum of coaches in the world and resides at Praça Afonso de Albuquerque in Belém.
The former horse riding school of the royal palace (the palace of Belém accommodates today the residency of the state president) is used as exhibition space for the coaches. In the with beautiful ceiling frescos from the 18th century decorated rooms are 59 golden coaches, Uniforms and travel accessories on exhibition.
The grandiose manufactured golden coaches, are dated to Philipps II (1578-1621) until to the 19th century. The oldest golden coach is the travel cart of King Philipp I. from the 16th century. ostentatious decorated with gold are the thre coaches of the portugies portuguese ambassador in Rome, which are build in the Year 1715.
On exhibition there are also "Berliner", at that time in Preußen produced uniaxial buggy, which where used mainly by the which Postmonopol equipped nobility family Thurn and Taxis for public passenger transportation - so is derived until today the worldwide well known term "Taxi" from that type of coaches.
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