Museums & Attractions
The Interpretation Centre of the Capelinhos Volcano, on Faial Island, Azores, is one of the final candidates for the European Museum of the Year Award 2012.
Thursday, 08 March 2012 00:00There are 46 nominees from 20 countries, with the decision from the European Museum Forum to be announced in May. Created to help improve the knowledge of this natural phenomenon, the Interpretation Centre of the Capelinhos Volcano is an indisputable reference in regards to geotourism in the Azores. In architectural terms, the project respects the island’s geological features, as it is submerged in volcanic sands. Inside, the history of the volcano is told by films, holograms and multimedia contents. But before ending the visit, it is mandatory to go up to the lighthouse. From there, one can contemplate some unique shapes created by nature and a ground similar to that of the moon, with the blue ocean as a background.
Friday, 02 March 2012 00:00
The Royal Palace of Mafra will undergo preservation work in seeking recognition as a World Heritage Site. The work requires an investment of 4.3 million euros. According to the City of Mafra the project includes the wide footprint of the palace (Terreiro D. João V) and the Alameda Gardens (next to the Infantry Training School) and "aims to contribute to promoting the harmonious connection both physical and functional as an asset to the village itself. " About 600 thousand euros, financed by EU funds and Turismo de Portugal will enhance the monument. The restoration of the six historic organs in the basilica can play simultaneously for the first time in 200 years. The contract also provides for the reorganization of vehicle traffic at the monument with the removal of parking in front of the palace and a restricting circulation zone just two lanes in both directions. The works include a contract for urban renovation planned for the town of Mafra, estimated at 6.9 million euros.
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:00
The Cascais Cidadela Palace (Palácio da Cidadela de Cascais) has opened its doors to the public afterr fifty years in November 2011. The renovation of the palalce was oveseen by architect Pedro Vaz who restored the palace back to its former glory while taking into consideration all the comforts and conveniences required by today’s visiting public. Open Wednesday to Sunday (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), the palace is currently running an exhibition until the 26th of February to mark the palace’s reopening which depicts humorous moments in politics and society throughout the 20th century.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:00
The City of Covilhã (Centro) inaugurated a Museum of Sacred Art with a collection of some 600 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry and documents, among other objects. The museum is in Casa Maria Jose Alçada, a 1921 building by architect Raul Lino (author of the project Tivoli Theatre in Lisbon), near the public garden in the center of Covilhã. An olive tree, planted symbolically at the entrance area, marks the beginning of the tour of the Museum of Sacred Art. The exhibits were collected by the priests of the churches and will occupy an area of 850 square meters, with the route organized according to the seven Catholic sacraments. Covering a period from the twelfth century to the twentieth century, the collection now consists of sacred images, altars, shrines, altars, crucifixes, books and rare documents, jewelry, furniture, paintings, religious objects and vestments. One of the important aspects is a sculpture of Christ crucified, the eighteenth century, polychromed wood, measuring 2.20 m x 1.85 m. Besides the permanent exhibition halls, the Museum of Sacred Art Covilhã has a visiting exhibition room, an indoor garden and a shop. For images click here and here.
Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00
Built in his honor in his childhood home, the Manuel de Arriaga Museum is a new cultural facility that exceeds the concept of a traditional house museum, located in the city of Horta, Faial Island. It is a contemporary museum with a focus on educating visitors on the meaning of democracy, citizenship, and relevant aspects of those histories. It is able to hold both short and long-term exhibitions, with film projection, a documentation, and a multi-purpose room. Exhibitions will be available in both English and Braille.
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