Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, Coimbra

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The National Museum Machado de Castro is an art museum in Coimbra, Portugal, named after the renowned Portuguese sculptor Joaquim Machado de Castro. It first opened in 1913 and its latest renovation, which included the addition of a new building, was awarded the Piranesi/Prix de Rome Prize 2014.Museum's historyThe Machado de Castro Museum is one of the most important art museums in Portugal. It is housed in the former Bishop's Palace. This palace was built from the Middle Ages onwards roughly on the site where the Roman forum of Aeminium (Coimbra's roman name) once stood. The remains of this distant past, the Cryptoporticus, can be visited on the lower floors of the museum.CollectionsThe bulk of the museum's collection 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.ArchaeologySculpturePaintingApplied arts
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  • The Roman ruins are extensive, well lit, and described. The rest of the museum has religious art with some really unusual depictions of St. Bernard.  more »
  • After climbing the Quebra Costas (back breaker) uphill street to the University, I stopped into this fine museum and had a delicious cappuccino on the terrace that overlooks the old cathedral (Velha S...  more »
  • Housed in the former Archbishop's Palace, this museum contains an excellent collection of medievial sculptures and religious paintings. Amongst the buildings, there is a Moorish tower and Roman crypt ...  more »
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  • The underground Roman ruins alone may be worth the price of entry, but the highlight is the sculpture collection that spans multiple centuries and styles - it is honestly astounding. Even the museum restaurant is great (don't miss the lunch buffet). Presentation all around is excellent, and being much less crowded than the main attractions in Lisbon and even Coimbra it was so nice to enjoy the art on display in a tranquil environment. Easily one of my favorite experiences in Portugal.
  • One of the very best places you must visit in the city. Here at the museum which opened 100yrs ago, you can enjoy varying things from the ground layers of Roman period, medieval era to city's rich art pieces of early modern times.
  • Beautiful Roman ruins under the museum. Very cheap entrance fee. The permanent exhibition also very interesting some remains of an old church housed within. The restaurant is a hidden gem, great tapas for lunch and wonderful views of the city from the balcony.
  • The collections inside are so beautiful and well displayed with all the introduction in both Portuguese and English, need almost a day if you want to appreciate them in details. There's also an well recovered Roman remains as a beautiful showroom under the museum.
  • Absolutely outstanding. The building's design is breathtaking and the exhibitions are amazing and very cleverly organized. If you only have time to see/do one thing in Coimbra this is it. Highly recommended.

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Indulge in the medieval splendor of Coimbra by booking a hotel in the city's historical hilltop and hillside central area, which is home to the majority of its hotels and guesthouses. By staying right in the middle of the Old Town, you'll have medieval monasteries, Renaissance homes, and Baroque halls right at your doorstep. You'll also be within walking distance of the city's famed university complex. Alternatively, try staying in one of the center's youth hostels, which offer shared rooms, lockers, breakfast, and a comfortable bed at a fraction of the cost of an upscale hotel. These accommodations also give you a good base from which you can experience the city's student-fueled nightlife. To get away from the mainstream tourist center a bit, opt for a hotel or bed and breakfast in the quieter residential neighborhoods east of the university.
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