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  Changing of the Guard
by Bwana_Brown

On our third day in Lisbon, we ventured to the tourist area of Belem, on it's westward side. As we stepped off the bus on a Sunday morning, we immediately heard some band music playing and spotted a large crowd of people gathering beside Albuquerque Park.

The street had been closed off by the police in this area 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 way to start our day in Belem!

Directions: Belem district, on the waterfront just to the west of the big suspension bridge in downtown Lisbon.

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  • Updated Dec 4, 2004
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