The Museu de Marinha, Lisbon
The maritime museum of Lisbon is located in a wing of the Jeronimos
Monastry, close to the Belem Tower. It is a major tourist attraction. It
holds a large and fine collection of items focusing on the age of
discovery (16th century maps, astrolabes, paintings, ship models) and
ceremonial barges. When we were there in September 2010 I was most
impressed by the many elegant, richly decorated barges.
Photos of some barges
I show a few photos of the Royal Barge (Bergantim Real) and two other
barges. If you click on a picture
you will get the high resolution image 4368 * 2912 pixels.
Photos of a 19th century frigate model
I show some photos of a contemporary 19th century frigate model. The
model has been used for officers' training at the naval college. Click
on the pictures!
Unfortunately, most of the museum's objects are kept behind poor glas
in display cases. The glas gives much light reflection and makes it
somewhat difficult to get a clear picture or shoot a photo. Despite of
that the museum is absolutely worth a visit.
There is some more information on the
maritime museum in a tourist information website.