The Museum of Coches has one of the most beautiful collections of carriages in the world.
Installed in a modern building in Belém since 2015, the work of the Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha and the Portuguese architect Ricardo Bak Gordon is located near the Presidential Palace in Belém.
Two huge naves and a gallery contain a superb collection of coaches and carriages, sedans and landaus, bench carriages and porter chairs. A total of 78 coaches are on display.
They come from the former museum in the Picadeiro of the Palais de Belém – the Picadeiro or Haras – right next door where the imposing coaches were cramped.
The new modern building is remarkable for its size and the height of its ceilings.
Visitors can walk around the carriages while on the walls in showcases are displayed the clothes of the lackeys, the whips of the coachmen and the adornments of the horses.
Videos on the walls explain the context of the periods and give life in the place.
Even the imposing dimensions and minimalist signalisation, the magic works: the gold of the carriages, the allegorical statues of the monarchical powers, the colourful fabrics…everything contributes to enhance a splendour that no longer exists.