As a matter of fact, the most important Portuguese manufacturing industry of glass and crystal has existed in these two towns, not so far from Lisbon, for centuries. It is connected to the country’s ancient wine industry due to the manufacture of glass bottles.
The Glass Museum is set up in an old factory founded in the 18th century, the Royal Glass Factory, and exhibits glass and crystal from various periods and manufacturing centres, as well as machines and tools used in the art and glass industry over the years.
In this programme, you can see a live presentation of the centuries-old art of glassblowing and be enchanted by the magic of the fire dominated by the experienced hands of the glass-making craftsmen. You can also buy indescribably fascinating pieces.
From the oldest to the purely avant-garde this route recounts the history of an industry and a nation that has crafted glass for 250 years.