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LISBON - ESTRELA, LAPA AND DOCA DE ALCÂNTARA
BASÍLICA DA ESTRELA
This is the most beautiful monument to be found in Lisbon from the 18th century. Its style stems from a mixture of both the Rome Baroque and the Mafra Convent Baroque styles, it also has some Neoclassical touches. It is an architectural piece of work that incorporates both styles.
The façade, which faces one of the most pleasant enclosed gardens of Lisbon, is both coherent and awe-inspiring, with many allegorical figures and sculptures of saints. It has a beautiful pediment and it’s enclosed within two belfries. The dome is placed above the crossing (the junction of the cathedral’s nave and transept), and is in accordance with the Classical Catholic beauty rules. The interior is quite broad, with paintings and magnificent marble pieces. Yet another feature is a wonderful Nativity Scene placed in a specially designed room, which consists of more than 500 figurines made of cork and terracotta. (Largo da Estrela. 8 am – 1 pm and 3 pm – 7 pm)
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ANCIENT ART

Built in a palace from the 17th century, and very close to the Tagus and the borough of Santos, this museum consists primarily of a modern pinacotheca with works from the 14th to the 19th centuries, a collection of sculpture and gold work from the same periods. 
You will find in it the most important painting ever done in Portugal, from the 15th century: the very large six-panel painting entitled “Painéis de S. Vicente de Fora” (“The panels of Saint Vicente de Fora”). This is a unique document of the physiognomy and the garments of the Portuguese from 1450. A curious fact is that the faces we see in the panels are of many shapes, the same ones that you can see walking about around the museum.

The museum also holds many pieces from the Flemish, the Italian, the German, the English and the French schools of painting, from which we can highlight Hieronymus Bosch’s The Temptation of Saint Anthony (more accurately, “the Great”) and Albrecht Dürer’s Saint Jerome.
The museum has a very intimate café with a little garden spotted with statuettes, with sparrows flying about the trees and insects playing amongst the flowers. It has a shop, a bookstore and a café with a view over the river.  (213 912 800. R das Janelas Verdes. Wednesdays to Sundays: 10 am – 6 pm. Tuesdays: 2 pm – 6 pm. Closed Mondays. €4. Free admittance Sundays and public holidays until 2 pm).

ORIENTE MUSEUM
One of the most recent museums to open in the city, it houses two permanent exhibitions: “Portuguese presence in Asia” and “Gods of Asia”. The former gathers artistic and documental objects from the 17th and 18th centuries, for example Chinese and Japanese folding screens, Nambam art works, and Chinaware from the Companhia das Índias. The latter includes garments, marionettes, masks, rituals objects, games and statuettes that regale stories of legends and beliefs from all over the Asian continent. The Museum programmes usually include dance and music shows, cinema screenings, and conferences, among other events. It also has a cafeteria serving light meals.
(213 585 200. Av Brasília, Doca de Alcântara Norte. 10 am – 6 pm; Fridays: 10 am – 10 pm; closed on Tuesdays).
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