Casa dos Bicos
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Casa dos Bicos (The José Saramago Foundation House)

Found within the Alfama district, is one of Lisbon's most curious buildings built in the 16th century in a somewhat Italian Renaissance style. The name Casa dos Bicos literally means "the House of Spikes", referring to the diamond-shaped cladding stones that adorn its facade. It was constructed at the request of Bras de Albuquerque, the son of Afonso de Albuquerque and is possibly inspired by the Italian Palazzo dei Diamanti from his travels around Italy. However, the Manueline forms found around the windows and portals betray a very Portuguese flair.
Casa dos Bicos

Casa dos Bicos main façade

It was acquired by the José Saramago Foundation, whose aim is to preserve and promote the life and work of the renowned Nobel Prize winner of literature. Here you can learn about the man and the writings of José Saramago, from his translation works to his own compositions. Known for his verbose, cynical and darkly humorous novels, Saramago obtained worldwide recognition in 1998 when he won the Nobel Prize for literature. His works are renowned for exploring the depths of human experience and are typically set in a uniquely Portuguese landscape.

Inside there are also two libraries, Saramago's own personal library and another collection of the General Vasco Gonçalves' family. In addition to the José Saramago Foundation, you can also visit part of the Cerca Moura, the ancient Moorish defensive wall excavated here. Out on the front of the Casa dos Bicos is an olive tree transplanted from Saramago's home town of Azinhaga and where his ashes are laid beneath.
Monday to Saturday: 10h00 - 18h00, (last admission at 17h30). Sunday: CLOSED

Adult: €3.00, Concessionary: €2.00
Lisbon Card Lisbon Card: €1.00

Getting to the Casa dos Bicos

711, 714, 728, 732, 735, 736, 759, 760, 781, 782, 794
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Contact Details
10 Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 1100-135, Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 32.6"N | 09° 07' 57.6"W | +351 218 802 040 |  Website
José Saramago

José Saramago