Another interesting object of architectonic art in Lisbon is Bikush House which construction was ended in 1523. Its façade is executed in a unique style fronted with tracery stone cut as diamonds. In 1755 the construction was severely harmed with the earthquake with two upper stages totally destroyed. Nowadays the Bikush House hosts an exhibition center in which the art students and amateur artists perform their works.
Speaking of historical sites, St George Castle is worthy of special mentioning. It was built in 1511 by the order of the King Manuel l and long served as the main fortification of the city. Recently the castle was totally renovated and today appears to its visitors in all its glory. Some of the halls of the castle were reequipped and turned to the museum which collection is concentrated on the history of the fortifying construction. Among cultural enlightenment institutions of Lisbon the most remarkable one is the maritime museum – Museu De Marinha – which is placed in one of the halls of Jeronimos Monastery. Among the priceless showpieces collected in the museum there are sailing models, antique astrolabes and ship devices as well as sailing maps and other artifacts related to sailing history.
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