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Martim Moniz square, Lisbon

Martim Moniz was a famous noble man who, as legend goes, saved the castle of Lisbon from Moorish occupation during the Reconquista of 1147, by offering his life as he lodged his body in the heavy castle doors disabling the Moors from closing it, giving the Christian soldiers time to arrive and reconquer the castle at the birth of the nation of Portugal.

The Martim Moniz square is named after this solder and for many years it was a slighty downtrodden neglected area in down town Lisbon.

Since a couple of years it has been completely rehabilitated and is now a popular square with restaurants, food stands, bars and music with an emphasis on the multi cultural aspect that typify this area, for people relaxing and lounging in the centre of Lisbon.

It has various activities for children and places for football or sport. it is within walking distance of the Praca do Comércio and it has it own metro station called the Martim Moniz metro station.

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Railway Museum Entroncamento

The Railway Museum Entroncamento was recently opened and for anybody interested in the history of trains and the railways of Portugal and Europe its the only one of its type in Portugal.
Entrocamento a small town in Central Portugal and literally translated the name means junction and it is in this town that all the railways of Portugal connect and traveling through Portugal by train this will often be the town where you will take connecting trains on your way to your destination. The museum is based right next to the station and makes an interesting diversion on your travel and a good reason to visit the town.

The National Railway Museum is a space for the sharing of knowledge and the research of cultural heritage and the historical, symbolic and technological role of rail transport in Portugal.

“This is an international scope Museum, which to tell Railway history in Portugal leads us to a unique perspective of the history of Europe and the world. Technical, art and science intersect with the narratives of the Companies, Groups and Individuals. The railway has blazed new territory, created cities, called more or less distant communities, new jobs created and maintained and needs, it changed the way of seeing the world.”

The Museum is constantly adding new perspectives and its goal is to reach the levels of excellence that will make it the best railway museums in Europe.

The Museum promotes a social and cultural development model sustained and open to all kinds of audiences.

Because we have a different audience, also the contents and activities are developed to meet the needs and expectations of each.

We have one of the best collections of railway heritage of Europe!

36,000 objects, large and small, make up the Museum’s collection.

We manage a legacy of over 150 years.

Prices: € 5 per person / children up to 5 free / children 6 – 18 years old € 2,50

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 13.00 pm to 18.00 pm Sunday 10.00 am to 18.00 pm closed 01/1, 25/12, Easter Sunday, 01/05

Website (in Portuguese) http://www.fmnf.pt/museu

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Museum Berardo Lisbon

Museum Berardo Lisbon is the reference for contemporary art in Lisbon. Situated close to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and the Torre de Belém in the prestigious parish of Belém Lisbon, it is a landmark for those visiting Lisbon that are interested in contemporary art.
The museum has a permanent exhibition of the Berardo Collection and in the vast array of temporary exhibitions by artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and contexts, who have contributed to the art history of the last century.

The Museu Colecção Berardo also offers a broad program of activities for all ages (for example, paths through the exhibitions and family visit-workshops) which in an original and informal way educate about contemporary art and the artist the that have contributed to modern art as we know it, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso. Salvador Dalí, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon, Maria Helena Vieira da Helena Silva and Helena Almeida.

Would you like to read more about the museum, please visit their website at http://en.museuberardo.pt/
The museum is free of charge.

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Museum Jose Saramago Lisbon

The recently opened Museum Jose Saramago in the centre of Lisbon is dedicated to the works and personality of the great writer Jose Saramago.
As you may possible know Jose Saramago was possibly one of the most famous Portuguese writers of the last century having won the Nobel prize for literature in 1998. More than 2 million copies of his work has been sold in Portugal alone and his works have been translated into 25 languages. Having been a liberal communist for most of his life his literature was much criticized by the church of Portugal and he lived in exile in Spain right up to his death in 2010.

His oeuvre can now be witnessed and is being celebrated in the Museum of Jose Saramgo “The Fundaçao José Saramago” run by his widow, Pilar de Rio in a lovely and uncharacteristic 16th century building locally know as the house of Spikes – Casa das Bicas. The building was originally build for the the viceroy of India in 1523 and had fallen into disrepair through much neglect over the centuries. During the restoration a much richer past was discovered as both Roman and Moorish remains where discovered, they are now on display in Casa das Bicas, free of charge.

The museum is situated in down town Lisbon close to the Cais do Sodre railway station.
Ticket 6 Euro
Reduced rate 3 Euro
Group ticket 15 Euro
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