National Museum of Ancient Art

For those who are not yet familiar with Portugal’s rich history, it might be worthwhile to make a quick trip to the National Museum of Ancient Art located quite close to some of Lisbon’s most historic sites. This museum goes back to 1883’s abolition of religious orders and confiscation of the monasteries in Portugal, and therefore might give a good introduction to the country’s long history. The building itself was a former palace occupied by the Count of Alvor, and later bought by the Marquess of Pombal.