You Never Know What Surprises Can Be Found in a Historic Portuguese Palace
We were in the historic town of Guimaraes, Portugal to explore medieval core of the town and then move on. But we discovered an unexpected treat in the town’s restored 15th century Ducal Palace. On the upper level, a temporary Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit filled three rooms, but not a single one of his priceless paintings was to be seen. An exhibit of wooden models of some of his many futuristic inventions, constructed from the master’s original drawings.
The Palace, as well as other attractions in Guimaraes require a post of their own. So I’m turning this page over to Simon. His photos will take you into the mind of the genius, Da Vinci through the models of things we take for granted today. A crane, a bicycle, a scuba tank and others can easily be identified. The amazing aspect of these models as they were planned out over 500 years ago.
My only disappointment was I was unable to touch the models. Whether the reasons for this policy made sense or not is not for me to say, but getting up close and personal with these models would have been quite an experience.
The two lower levels of the palace were wheelchair accessible. An elevator had been installed at some point, and ramps were present in the doorway of each room. Unfortunately, the Da Vinci Exhibit was housed at the top of a flight of steep, narrow stairs, with no other access that we could see.
Inventions From the Brilliant Mind of Leonardo Da Vinci