Fundacao Jose Saramago, Lisbon
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Dedicated to one of Portugal's most celebrated authors, Fundacao Jose Saramago aims to educate the public about human rights and promote culture on a local and international level. Saramago, who made his name writing darkly humorous novels, established the foundation after winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. Constructed in the 16th century for the former viceroy to India, the foundation's building features a distinctive facade and windows. After exploring the permanent exhibit, drop by the on-site bookstore to pick up one of Saramago's books. In front of the building, notice the olive tree transplanted to this spot from the writer's hometown of Azinhaga. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Lisbon holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fundacao Jose Saramago and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • In beautiful building Casa dos Bicos (details of "diamonds" on the façade recalls the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara), lies the Foundation Saramago, cultural institution that bears the name of the first (and so far only) Portuguese writer who won the Nobel Prize. Entry costs just € 3. Inside you can get an overview about the great writer on his literary work, his political activism, which has never hidden, and his civil commitment. All of his works are exhibited in the different languages of the world, many photographs of him with other great writers (Vazquez Montalban, Vargas Llosa, Garcia Marquez, Benedetti, Sontag, Poniatowska etc), his personal agendas (which handwriting neat!) and manuscripts of his works with his corrections in pen and also manuscripts (see them, for me, it was exciting). There are also video media. Visit only recommended to those who love and read the books by this author, otherwise the visit says little. Staff very courteous. If you store your ticket, you will be entitled to a discount at the entrance of the House of Fernando Pessoa (visiting the latter must be made within 10 days of issuing the ticket for the Fondazione Saramago). You can take pictures.
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  • Founded in 2007 is a private cultural institution based in the casa dos Bicos with a delegation in Azinhaga, birthplace of José Saramago.
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  • Located in the lower part of Alfama, at Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, near the Praça do Comércio, the Foundation works in the Casa dos Bicos, 16TH-century building (refurbished, as almost everything in Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755). Is a visit not to be missed for those who love the writer. There are his works, as well as personal objects. The video with the "letter to my grandmother Josefa," thrills. We were served by a nice lady, enthusiastic work of the Foundation and of the author. Very good!
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  • Great. And even if not that interested into literature, the building AKA 'Casa dos Bicos' will do, because of its history, with impressive remains of the Roman period and a tasteful addition of 21st century architecture. The ashes of José Saramago were placed near an olive tree, in front of this mansion. Main level can be visited for free. For the upper levels, it's 3€.
  • Amei! Para quem o conhece e gosta de seus livros, vale a pena visitar.