Palácio de Belém

The official residence of the presidents of Portugal was originally built in the sixteenth century and bought by Dom João V a century later. Served as a royal residence for decades, it was renovated in the nineteenth century (giving it the appearance of today ), and made official residence of the President in 191 . Soldiers guard the entrance leading to its gardens, while the left sees the Museum of the Presidency. The museum presents the history of the Portuguese Republic through the official portraits of presidents and their personal effect , many of them offers outstanding national and international figures. In front of the palace and the museum is Afonso de Albuquerque Garden, dedicated to the governor of Portuguese India. A monument with its statue is at the center of the garden.


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