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Fundacao Jose Saramago

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Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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Address: Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 10, Lisbon 1100-070, Portugal
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+351 21 880 2040
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Great collection of Saramago memorabilia plus really interesting selection of biographical documentaries on 4thfloor. The items in the shop were a bit expensive. All I could... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2016
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Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Great collection of Saramago memorabilia plus really interesting selection of biographical documentaries on 4thfloor. The items in the shop were a bit expensive. All I could afford was a fridge magnet. Other than that, it's a must. Saramago was a great thinker and writer.

Thank bootty5
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

We went, since I have read some of his writings translated into Spanish. My partner does not speak Spanish, and we do not know Portuguese. We were told everything "was translated". We paid and went upstairs to find out the translated material were the books, but the museum part was all in Portuguese. It was very disappointing. I tried as... More 

Thank aakbba
Vicenza, Italy
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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Impressive building with interesting material and stories about this famous writer. The staff is kind and very helpful, worth a visit!!

Thank Silvia P
Pasadena, CA
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

This was the home of the Nobel-prize winning writer and activist Jose Saramago. Now it is the home of a cultural foundation and a museum featuring Saramago's books, memorabilia, plus videos of interviews and speeches. The ground floor is an archaeological site, displaying Roman ruins and explaining the history of the site. I am a big Saramago fan and loved... More 

Thank ClaraZ
Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

I am a big Jose Saramago fan so the chance to see a museum about the famous writer was a must see. Even better was the house was not a far walk from the Commercial plaza (central waterfront area). The original house, built in 1521-23, has a diamond shaped pattern (bicos) on the outside giving the house an amazing appearance... More 

Thank DavidTAC
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

We were told that museums and attractions in Lisbon are closed on Mondays so we thought we'd visit the Casa dos Bicos on our way down the Alfama after visiting the Castelo on a Sunday. Sadly we found it closed. In any case I mostly wanted to see the peculiar building but it would have been nice to see the... More 

Thank Gibmetal77
Leesburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

I grew up in Lisboa and was always intrigued by this building. It wasn't until this summer, however, that I finally stepped inside. Even though I'm a huge Saramago fan, I didn't visit the exhibition due to time restrictions. The ground floor display (free entrance) on Roman ruins and on Lisboa 's history was enough to keep us entertained. Truth... More 

Thank LisboetaAbroad
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

I am a massive reader and booknerd and dragged my family to this beautiful building formally Casa Dos Bicos now housing the Jose Saramago foundation. See a huge collection of the authors works in many languages and his Nobel prize medal and library and a bookshop. Mainly in Portuguese but some information in English too. A beautiful museum and a... More 

Thank Annie D
Sofia, Bulgaria
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Reviewed 18 July 2016

We did not go inside, outside is an interesting house. I think that inside there is the museum of Nobel Laureate - José Saramago.

Thank Ogi0
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

The Foundation is run as a non-profit museum and has a bookshop and exhibitions on several floors, including Roman ruins and artefacts, and is dedicated to Portugal's famous writer. You can even see Saramago's Nobel Prize medal. Very well worth supporting this charitable foundation which depends on its entrance fees to keep going - great value for money.

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