Sunday, February 24, 2013

National Museum Machado de Castro - Portugal

Museums are not the 1st thing i look for when visiting a place but every now and then, and depending on the kind of museum, i like to explore these cultural places.
The National Museum Machado de Castro is one of the places i still need to visit in Coimbra. The museum is the building on the left side of this card sent by Fernando, and the building on the right is the city's New Cathedral.

Forways, Lda
The National Museum Machado de Castro (Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro) is an art museum in Coimbra, Portugal, named after the renowned Portuguese sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro. It is one of the most important art museums in Portugal, and is housed in the former Bishop's Palace . During the Middle Ages, this palace was built over the Roman forum of Aeminium (Roman name of Coimbra) and nowadays its remains can be visited on the lower floors of the museum.
The bulk of the museum's collection, currently closed but due to open soon, is made up of items from churches and religious institutions in the area surrounding Coimbra. The collections of sculpture (the most extensive of all the national museums of Portugal), painting, precious metals, ceramics and textiles are especially noteworthy. - in: wikipedia

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