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 Fundacao Jose Saramago and beyond, use our Lisbon trip itinerary builder tool to get the most from your Lisbon vacation.
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  • We didn't intend to come to this museum, we stumbled across it and went in because of how interesting the building was from the outside. It appears they had an art exhibition on but we only went to th...  more »
  • Great collection of Saramago books, writing and diaries. A great single page English language overview, but it would have been great if more of the descriptions in the museum had translation. That sai...  more »
  • Located in a historic building, dating from the pre-Roman era, is a history lesson in the Centre of Lisbon. The ruins are preserved impeccably. Located in the casa dos bicos, the Foundation is a retrospective of the life of the writer, his women, his work and friends. Not to be missed.
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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€.
  • The Casa dos Bicos houses the Jose Saramago Foundation and also represents part of the ancient history of Lisbon. Inside there are traces of Roman influence and architectural development of the city. In addition the route developed by Saramago in your writing process.
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  • Not advice. Weak content. What explains the low number of visitors despite the prime location.
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  • Impressive for those who already know, or not, this huge bulwark of Portuguese literature. Advise, vehemently, the visit to the FJS.
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  • Possibility to know more information about all the works of the author
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