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merry-go-round

The merry-go-round at Museu do Pão was designed and built specifically for this space, inspired by the theme of bread. It was constructed by the same manufacturer of the merry-go-round at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and is a tribute to our childhood memories.

the carousel story

Merry-go-rounds are also known as carousels. From the Italian “garosello” and the Spanish “carosella”, both of which mean “small battle”, the word “carousel” has its origins in ancient machines used to train combat skills by Turkish and Arabic horsemen in the 12th century. The devices were later copied by Crusaders during the Middle Ages.

carousels through the ages

During the 18th century, merry-go-rounds became popular at public parks in Europe as a form of entertainment. Traditionally featuring wooden horses that bobbed up and down, simulating a gallop, merry-go-rounds were powered using human or animal strength, and had no platforms: the horses were held in place using chains.
By the middle of the 19th century, merry-go-rounds had platforms powered by steam engines. Later, electrical motors, lights, and music were added, giving the merry-go-round that special charm that it holds to this day.

merry-go-round at museu do pão (bread museum)

The merry-go-round at Museu do Pão was designed and built specifically for this space, inspired by the theme of bread. It was constructed by the same manufacturer of the merry-go-round at the Eiffel Tower in Paris and is a tribute to our childhood memories: warm bread straight from the oven and the magic that merry-go-rounds have never lost. So come and take a trip down memory lane; anyone can ride free of charge and regardless of age. Because at Museu do Pão it is always time to dream.