Saturday, October 11, 2008

Aquario Vasco da Gama

The museum







Vasco da Gama Aquarium opened its doors to the public in 1898, during the 4th Centenary Celebrations of the Discovery of the Sea-route to India by the renowned navigator Vasco da Gama.
It was during the 19th Century that Oceanography was born as a real science. However, the support of King Carlos was the determining factor in the construction of such an institution. Member of several scientific institutions, King Carlos distinguished himself as oceanographer and naturalist. From 1896 until 1907, he supervised twelve oceanographic campaigns off the Portuguese coast, aboard the 4 royal yachts "Amelia". He collected a lot of zoological material as well as physical and chemical data that he used as a remarkable work of scientific dissemination including several exhibitions and the publication of books and reports. Most of this zoological collection as well as the documents are now kept at the Vasco da Gama Aquarium.


King Carlos (1863-1908), also mentioned on the previous post, was the son of King Luis and Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (daughter of Victor Emmanuel II, King of Italy). He was murdered in Lisbon by republican activists as he travelled in an open carriage with the royal family. His heir, Prince Luís Filipe, was also shot to death. Several days later the younger son Prince Manuel was acclaimed King of Portugal (the last of the Braganza dynasty) until 1910, when Portugal became a republic. This was the end of monarchy.

10 comments:

PJ said...

This is just stunning, I reaaly like the staircase shot. What a national treasure you have.

Kate said...

What a beautiful building...outstanding archtecture and art!!

Marcel said...

Fantastic! I’d love to visit this place.

Jules said...

The buildings in your town (country) are so ornate - what amazing artists must have built this!!! It looks more like a palace.

Great comments as usual JM - I am learning so much about your country's history.

lynn said...

Very interesting! Beautiful architecture.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" found this to be very interesting as he is well-acquainted with the travels of Vasco de Gamma.

"Louis" thanks you for visiting San Francisco Bay Daily Photo!

My Life In Montreal said...

Splendid photo!

Hilda said...

Such a sad story about King Carlos. I find the histories of European monarchies fascinating, but they can be so violent!

That's an amazing museum! And I find the ceiling in the second photo absolutely fabulous!

Zsolt72 said...

i also like the staircase shot. Its a pity that its not a large photo!

Virginia said...

What a gorgeous place. You did a fine job capturing it.