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Museum of St. Anthony (Museu Antoniano) description and photos - Portugal: Lisbon. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Museu Antoniano.
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The very small-sized Museum of St. Anthony is located in St. Anthony's Square, a few steps from the Lisbon Cathedral. Next to the museum is the Church of St. Anthony. This saint is very revered in Lisbon, and is considered the patron saint of this city.
There is a legend that on the site of the Church of St. Anthony there used to be a house where this saint was born in 1195, known as Anthony of Lisbon or Anthony of Padua (he buried in the Italian city of Padua). The Church of St. Anthony was built in the 18th century on the site of an older church that was destroyed by an earthquake in 1755. There is an assumption that the restoration of the temple became possible thanks to donations from the townspeople who were collected by children in memory of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of children. This gave rise to the popular tradition of collecting "donations for St. Anthony."
The Museum of St. Anthony was opened in the 80s of the XX century. The museum contains books, collections of icons, prints, sculptures, paintings and ceramics, clothing and other decorations, vessels for the liturgy, as well as other items that are somehow connected with the life of the saint. Among the exhibits of the museum is the famous polychrome ceramic panel of the 17th century "St. Anthony Reading a Sermon to the Fish", showing one of the main episodes of the saint's life.
Every June the people of Lisbon celebrate Saint Anthony's Day. Celebrations, fireworks and processions are held in the streets.
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