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 machado de castro Museum is increasingly complete no doubt lately discovered immense potential in the excavations made. There must be a place to visit whenever it comes to Chen not only for its beauty as for its potential, part of the story is there filed
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  • Dende the Cryptoporticus romano until the artistic treasures that atesoura the museo, converiron visiting nun nice. Sculpture, painting, gold work relixiosa, arqueoloxía, may accelerate the time of visit pass sen darnos account
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  • The cryptoporticum was a wonderful surprise that we weren't expecting to see in the middle of a semi-major city. As for the rest of the museum, it's mostly Catholic art and will get old if you're not ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Excellent museum that covers Portuguese National Art and Culture. The Roman Crypto Portic is something outstanding.
  • 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.
  • We went there for a drink and to enjoy the view. It was nice !
  • Super big nice art and a nice building!