Casa dos Bicos-Museu de Lisboa

Casa dos Bicos-Museu de Lisboa

Casa dos Bicos-Museu de Lisboa
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,714 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Casa dos Bicos-Museu de Lisboa is an unusual building that was built in 1523.

Its inspiration is the architecture of the palaces in Venice

It is one of the few buildings that survived the Great Earthquake of 1755.

Its name the “House of Spikes” is due to the façade covered in over 1000 diamond-shaped stones.

Well worth viewing this historical and unusual building in Lisbon.
Written February 21, 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,916 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We visited the museum and enjoyed the biographical history of Saramago. My friend is a big fan so she bought some books at the boutique inside. A pleasant experience. Outside the design and architecture is striking and notable along the riverfront.
Written November 14, 2022
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,916 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
There is a striking and beautiful facade but go inside to see the tribute to Saramago, famous Nobel lauriate, visit the bookstore. And definitely tour the archeological dig inside, Roman and post-Rome ruins under glass.
Written April 21, 2022
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Malgorzata
12,086 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Casa dos Bicos is a historic townhouse in Lisbon. It was built in 1523 and has an interesting Renaissance façade with elements showing the influence of the Manueline style. It is one of the few buildings that survived the 1755 earthquake. In 1960 the tenement house was bought by the city of Lisbon, and in 1980 Casa dos Bicos was restored and partially rebuilt. It belongs to the Lisbon Museum and is the current home of the Jose Saramago Foundation. The two upper floors of the facade were rebuilt based on drawings and paintings from before 1755. Casa dos Bicos is a unique building in Lisbon, the facade is decorated with diamond-shaped stones. Don't miss this awesome piece of Lisbon history.
Written November 28, 2020
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neil_hun
Horsham, UK182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Just a few minutes walk from the Praca do Comercio, the Casa dos Bicos is located on the fringes of Alfama - one of the oldest districts of Lisbon. While most of the city was decimated in the 1755 earthquake, this unusual building survived (albeit some of its features have been remodelled). It's design is so distinctive it's almost timeless and it's hard to believe it's 500 years old - it could easily pass as a 20th century construction.

We didn't go into the museum, but it's worth a detour even if just to see the facade. The setting is very pleasant as well, with several other attractive buildings on the same street and a tree-lined pedestrianised area dotted with cafes
Written February 23, 2020
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ERIC W
Knoxville, TN4,420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Absolutely fascinating facade. It’s well worth walking down just to see the face of this building. Architecturally stimulating
Written January 14, 2020
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RGSOUNDF
Mercerville, NJ10,763 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The history of the landmark, spanning almost 600 years, can be looked up in every Lisbon guidebook or easily found online.
To cap it all, Casa dos Bicos is one of the very few buildings that survived the terrible 1775 earthquake. It is, however, not the only one, but most assuredly one of the prettiest and the most unusual for Lisbon (would look less out of place in Florence or Venice, for the building was designed having Italian architectural style in mind). As you will learn, the present building wasn't completely preserved, for its 2 upper floors did get damage during the earthquake and some serious restauration work was done later on, at different periods in the building's history.
Be it as it may, the magnificent edifice is also a major attraction for the literature lovers, for it is the home of the José Saramago Foundation, the most famous of the modern Portuguese writers, and the recipient of the Nobel Prize in literature. The 1st floor of the building houses the permanent exhibition "José Saramago. The seed and the fruits" and there is a bookstore and a shop on the 3rd floor.
The opening hours are:
From Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm
Daylight Saving Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm
The cost of admission is as follows:
Normal ticket - 3,00 €;
Family ticket - 8,00 €;
Student ticket (student card presentation required) - € 2.00
Children younger than 12 are admitted for free.
Now, the outside area is a sort of memorial for the brilliant writer, who doesn't have a grave; his ashes are buried under the old olive tree right outside Casa dos Bicos. Please note the huge elephant footprint; it is a tribute to one of the most famous Saramago's books, The Elephant's Journey.
Casa dos Bicos is located on the western boundary of Alfama, right next to Lisbon's downtown (Baixa) and is within 12 minutes' walk from Rossio Square.
Written November 28, 2019
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Mandy S
Sunbury, UK298 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
A pretty facade with plenty of lovely cafes nearby to sit and enjoy the view. We didn’t go into the museum as the exhibition wasn’t to our taste.
Written May 31, 2019
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claudio d
Viterbo, Italy39,346 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
In the lower part of Alfama, not far from the Praça do Comércio, you will certainly notice this 16th century palace, for its façade with diamond-pointed ashlar work, of Italian inspiration (in fact it recalls the much larger diamond palace in Ferrara ). Inside there is the museum dedicated to José Saramago.
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Written January 13, 2024
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