The historic center of the Portuguese capital has gained a new cultural highlight with the opening of the José Saramago Foundation dedicated to the country’s only Nobel literature laureate.
It was supposed to have happened over a year ago, but the reason for the constant delays was the discovery of archaeological remains under the historic building that will now be dedicated to the Portuguese Nobel Prize-winning author.
|©Casa dos Bicos - Fundação Saramago|
The foundation’s headquarters in Lisbon’s historic center, is situated in the emblematic Casa dos Bicos, builted in the 16th century over the city’s medieval wall in a space which had been occupied by different civilizations. The recent renovation revealed Roman and Moorish remains which will now be on display on the ground floor.
The interior of the building underwent several alterations over the decades which didn’t always respect its past, so it’s now an almost completely contemporary space, beginning with a grand staircase in the center. It takes visitors through four floors, divided into an exhibition space related to the author, a library with his books in various editions and languages, administrative offices, meeting rooms and an auditorium. It’s in this auditorium where book releases and debates will be held, as well as film screenings.
The first exhibition this summer will be an anthology that will certainly attract even more people to the revived riverfront between downtown and Alfama.
Saramago was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1998, and died in June 2010 at the age of 87.
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