Forte do Bom Sucesso & Museu de Combatente (Fort of Good Success & Combatant's Museum), Lisbon

Forte do Bom Sucesso & Museu de Combatente (Fort of Good Success & Combatant's Museum), Lisbon

Once utilized to safeguard Lisbon against potential threats, the Fort of Good Success now serves as a museum that encapsulates a significant portion of Portugal's military history. Adjacent to it stands a visually striking monument honoring Portuguese soldiers who fought overseas—an area designed for solemn reflection on the toll of military conflicts.

The construction of the Fort dates back to 1780-82, under the supervision of General Guilherme de Vallerée, and it was equipped with various types of artillery to fortify its defensive capabilities. Shortly thereafter, a residence for the Fort's governor was incorporated within its perimeter. The Fort's polygonal layout mirrors the contours of the right bank of the River Tagus.

During the Portuguese Colonial War (1961-75), the Fort served as the headquarters of the Military Postal Service. Following the Carnation Revolution on April 25, 1974, which brought an end to the authoritarian Estado Novo regime, it became the base for the Command of the Military Intervention Group—a body established by the Revolutionary Council to maintain law and order. Subsequently, it served as the headquarters for the 25th of April Association, an organization uniting the military members who initiated the Carnation Revolution.

In 1999, the Fort was formally transferred to the Portuguese League of Combatants. The museum, overseen by the League, features a permanent indoor exhibition and three outdoor areas displaying equipment associated with various branches of the Armed Forces. The permanent exhibition encompasses World War I, the colonial campaigns (referred to as "overseas campaigns" in Portugal), and peacekeeping missions. Additionally, the museum offers social spaces, conference and screening rooms, as well as a bar.

Why You Should Visit:
Certainly worth the €4 admission fee, and the vista from this vantage point is genuinely nice.

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Sight Name: Forte do Bom Sucesso & Museu de Combatente (Fort of Good Success & Combatant's Museum)
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal (See walking tours in Lisbon)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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