Museu de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas (Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts), Lisbon

Museu de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas (Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts), Lisbon

Housed within a grand 17th-century palace that once served as the urban residence of the Count of Azurara, the Portuguese Decorative Arts Museum offers a captivating glimpse into the lifestyles of affluent Lisbon citizens during the 18th and 19th centuries. The palace's splendid interiors have retained their original 17th-century wooden floors, painted ceilings, and the distinctive 'azulejos', a characteristic form of Portuguese painted tin-glazed tile work. While some of the azulejos were an integral part of the palace's history, others were added during the building's restoration.

The museum thoughtfully presents an array of collections, including Indo-Portuguese, Portuguese, English, and French furniture, an extensive assortment of silver artifacts, faience tin-glazed pottery, authentic Chinese porcelain, Flemish tapestries dating from the 16th to the 18th centuries, an antique grandfather clock, and even a horse-drawn carriage. Among its treasures are unique items originating from nearly every country formerly under Portuguese colonial rule, showcasing remarkable pieces from regions like Goa, Brazil, Macao, and more. Ultimately, a visit here offers a profound and enduring appreciation for Portugal's distinctive aesthetic sensibility.

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In the vicinity of this spot, you'll find two lookout points (Miradouro das Portas do Sol / Miradouro de Santa Luzia) that offer stunning vistas, perfect for capturing memorable photographs.

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Sight Name: Museu de Artes Decorativas Portuguesas (Museum of Portuguese Decorative Arts)
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal (See walking tours in Lisbon)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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