Culture on the riverfront
Along the riverfront there are various places of cultural and historical interest to visit. In the Belém area you can find some of the most renowned national monuments that date back to the beginning of the Portuguese maritime expansion, such as the Belém Tower. The Monument to the Discoveries, of the responsibility of the Lisbon Town Council, pays homage to Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama.
Between the Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries you will find the Museum of Popular Art, which is now closed as it is undergoing refurbishing works. This Museum, of the responsibility of the Portuguese Institute of Museums was inaugurated in 1948 and features items that were collected for the Exhibition of Portuguese Popular Art presented in Geneva in 1935.
Upstream you will find the Museum of Electricity by the Belém Fluvial Station which is under the responsibility of the EDP Foundation. This museum reopened to the public recently after having been closed for refurbishing works to the building and to the machinery within.
By Doca de Santo Amaro, you can see the Maritime Stations of Alcântara and of Rocha Conde d’Óbidos, emblematic buildings of the 40’s designed by Pardal Monteiro, featuring beautiful balconies overlooking the Tagus and halls that are home to the frescos of the painter Almada Negreiros that portray the maritime epic. These buildings are frequently used for various types of events.
Within the vicinities of the Doca de Alcântara, the building Pedro Álvares Cabral, still undergoing works will be home to the future “Museum of the Orient”. The Orient Foundation is responsible for the management of the building and it decided that it would be interesting to have a modern and dynamic space that would house items related to the Portuguese presence in the Orient.
The building that is going to house this museum started being built in 1939 and it was designed by architect João Simões, and was used to store codfish by the Regulating Committee of the Commerce of Codfish.
Along the northern bank there are various forts in the municipality of Oeiras, namely the Fort of S. Julião da Barra, further downstream, the Fort of Catalazete, of Areeiro or Santo Amaro, of São Julião das Maias, of Giribita and of São Bruno, further upstream. These underwent refurbishing works some years ago.
On the south bank, and of the responsibility of the Seixal Town Council you can visit the Municipal Ecomuseum of Seixal - Nucleus Moinho de Maré of Corroios. The tide mills are one of the most emblematic equipments of the south bank riverfront.