Menezes Braganza Institute
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Menezes Braganza Institute information
The yellow-and-white Menezes Braganza Institute occupies part of the old buildings that were once the Portuguese army headquarters. It’s worth poking your head in, at the building’s northeast entrance, to examine the grand and dramatic azulejos (traditional blue-and-white painted ceramic tiles) adorning the wall, which depict scenes from Os Lusíadas, a famously epic Portuguese poem by Luís Vaz de Camões that tells the tale of Portugal’s 15th- and 16th-century voyages of discovery. The bust in the centre of the foyer is the man himself.