Belem Palace was the official residence of Portugal's monarchs, and since 1910 it has been the home of the country's Presidents. It is located in the Belem neighborhood on a hill near the banks of the Tagus River. It consists of five buildings and was constructed in the late 16th century. There are manicured gardens and a statue of Afonso de Albuquerque, the Viceroy of India, standing on a 20 meter high pedestal in front of the palace. The changing of the guard takes place at 11am on the third Sunday of each month near the Patio dos Bichos entrance.
Today the palace also houses the Presidency Museum, which examines the history of the Portuguese Republic and its presidents. It has a permanent exhibit that explains the history of the country's symbols, such as the flag and the national anthem. Another section looks at the role of the presidents through a collection of photographs. There are portraits of each the country's presidents in one section and gifts the presidents received from other world leaders in another part of the museum.
Belem Palace is located at Praca Afonso de Albuquerque. To get there take tram 15. The palace can be visited on Saturdays from 10:30am to 4:30pm. The Presidency Museum is open from 10am to 6pm daily except Mondays. Admission is 5 euros.