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Museu Marquês de Pombal

Museu Marquês de Pombal, Pombal.

The Museu Marquês de Pombal in Pombal central Portugal is dedicated to the Marquês de Pombal (1699-1792). This great 18th-century reformer is one of the greatest figures in Portuguese history. He rebuilt parts of the capital, Lisbon after the devastating earthquake of 1755.

He also passed laws to define wine quality and production, expelled the Catholic Jesuit order in 1759, and attempted to improve the administration of Portugal's Brazilian colonies. In addition, Pombal also reformed education in the country, rationalized the taxation system, and tried to set up a manufacturing base to ease Portugal's import burden from Britain, in particular.

The free museum is located inside a prison building Pombal himself ordered built, the Cadeia Velha de Pombal. The collection on display includes original books, busts of the great man, ceramics, documents, glassware, letters, and manuscripts, some of them written by the Marquês. The museum first opened in 1982.

Access - Getting There

Praça Marquês de Pombal
3100-449 Pombal
Tel: 236 210 564

Hours: 10 am - 1 pm; 2 pm - 6 pm Tuesday to Sunday; closed Monday and New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th.

Hotel Pombalense.

Hotels in Pombal

The Cardal Hotel, located in Largo do Cardal offers stylish rooms, modern furnishings and free Wifi.

Rooms at the 3-star Hotel Pombalense at Rua Alexandre Herculano 26, are comfortable and the property has both a restaurant and bar.

The Belem Hotel at Rua Avª Herois Do Ultramar 185, offers rooms at a reasonable rate including a buffet breakfast with fresh fruit juice.

See a listing of hotels in Pombal

Museums in Portugal

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Museu de Cidade Olhão

Museu Nacional de Azulejo

Museum of Sacred Art Tomar


Map of Pombal.
Map of Pombal


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