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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 up...  more »
  • Impressive building with interesting material and stories about this famous writer. The staff is kind and very helpful, worth a visit!!  more »
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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€.
  • not to be missed
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  • Manuscripts, personal diaries, newspaper clippings... everything speaks of Saramago. It speaks, tells, he looks at you. But it is always a shame when art becomes "gadget"
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  • Peculiar building with remains of the old wall on the inside
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  • Loved it! For those who know him and like his books, is worth visiting.
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