The National Coach Museum in Lisbon: housing the Rolls-Royce Phantoms of their day

The Carriage Museum in Lisbon, housed in a beautiful 18th century building.

While on our honeymoon in Portugal and Spain, my husband and I stopped for a look around the National Coach Museum in Lisbon, Portugal. This was easily my favorite place in Lisbon. These carriages are stunning!  When you get up close, you can see the intricate carving and ornate wood work. I can’t even begin to imagine the hours the master craftsmen spent carving these works of art on wheels.

These carriages were used to carry the royal families of Portugal. Some date back to the 16th century and you can really see the change in aesthetics from that time period to the 18th century as the carriages became progressively more ornate and complex. For those of a more mechanical mindset, you can even see how the  joints, wheels and suspension straps evolved in order to make for a smoother and more comfortable ride. These stunning carriages truly were the Rolls-Royce Phantoms of their time! If you happen to find yourself in Lisbon, I strongly suggest stopping by.

– Stephanie,

Not an inch of this carriage is left unadorned.

You can see the suspension straps in this view. These help create a smoother ride.

A detail of the intricate woodwork.

After, we stopped by a beautiful cafe, just down the street.


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