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"Presidential Guard" Top 5 Page for this destination Palacio de Belem - Museu da Presidencia da Republica Tip by Bwana_Brown

  Changing of the Guard
by Bwana_Brown

As we stepped off the bus in Belem, we immediately heard some band music playing and a large crowd of people starting to gather in a park, the Praca Afonso de Albuquerque as it turned out. We went closer to see if we could find out what was happening. The street, Rua de Belem, had been closed off in this area by the police and we could see soldiers forming up inside the gate of the Palacio de Belem. This Palace, also known as the Pink Palace, was built in the 1500s for Royalty but now serves as the residence of the President of Portugal.

We just happened to arrive when the changing of the guard was about to take place. It was not long before a troop of the Presidential Squadron, Regiment of Cavalry of the Republican National Guard came marching smartly out to the sounds of a military band. After they formed up, another troop came marching down the street and the two groups performed various manoeuvers as the Guard was changed!

It was a fun time mingling with the crowd and trying to get a few good shots of the spectacle. It so happens that this ceremony takes place at 11 AM on the third Sunday of each month. A great start to our day in Belem!

Address: Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, 1349-022 Lisbon,
Directions: Presidential Palace, Belem

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  • Updated Oct 24, 2004
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