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Casa dos Bicos

Also known as Casa de Bras de Albuquerque, Casa dos Bicos is one of the emblematic buildings of the Portuguese capital, not only for the curious name, but also for its originality, covered with diamond-tipped stone.

The House, is located on the Campo das Cebolas, close to Terreiro do Paço.

Brás de Albuquerque in 1523, after returning from a trip to Italy, where he first saw the Palace of the Diamonds of Ferrara and the Bevilacqua Palace in Bologna.

The great earthquake of 1755 destroyed much of the house, both inside and outside.

Casa dos Bicos served various functions, including the seat of the important Indian Maritime Trade Association.

The House of the Bicos presents, therefore, a very own architectural style, markedly inspired by the Italian Renaissance, with an irregular distribution of windows and doors, all of different sizes and formats.

Inside it is part of the archaeological remains discovered during the restoration work, including four Roman salting tanks, part of the Moura Fence, part of a medieval tower and a section of Mudejar pavement.

Today it is the home of the José Saramago Foundation, which aims to promote the literary work of the writer.

José Saramago received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998, and died on June 18, 2010. Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Normal entry 3 € | students 2 € | free for children up to 12 years

Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 1100-135, Lisbon.

Casa dos Bicos, Lisbon