Museu Escola de Artes Decorativas da Fundação Ricardo do Espírito Santo
Type: Architecture, Art & Culture, Art Museums, Attractions, Historic Sites, Museums, Sightseeing
Housed within the 17th-century Azurara Palace in Lisbon's Alfama district, this delightful museum displays an outstanding collection of Portuguese, French and English furniture dating from between the... Read More
Housed within the 17th-century Azurara Palace in Lisbon's Alfama district, this delightful museum displays an outstanding collection of Portuguese, French and English furniture dating from between the 15th and 18th centuries. The period setting enhances the aesthetic appeal of each piece, exhibited in several rooms on two levels. The collection forms part of the private collection of Ricardo Espírito Santo Silva (1900 --1955), a Portuguese banker who bequeathed the artefacts to a foundation he established to promote national and international culture and artistic heritage. Textiles, silverware, porcelain, azulejo (tile) panels, painting, drawing and sculpture also form a sizeable part of the display. One of the highlights is the wool and silk tapestry Procession with Giraffes, which dates from 1510. A beautiful late 18th-century drum table crafted from Brazilian boxwood with marquetry in Brazilin rosewood is the highlight of the Queen Maria Room. And don't miss the outstanding 16th-century. Namban hanging oratory in lacquered wood and inlaid with mother of pearl and gold and silver dust.
- Attractions near Cruise Port: "Neigbouring the palace are specialist workshops for traditional crafts such as gilding, bookbinding, upholstery and gold beating, and a museum shop. Guided tours must be booked in advance."
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: The museum is sited overlooking picturesque Largo das Portas do Sol. The views take in historic Alfama and the Santa Apolónia cruise port.