Casa dos Bicos

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Saramago's Literature Peak House
Home to the José Saramago Foundation, the Casa dos Bicos, whose name literally translates to the House of the Peaks, is one of Lisbon’s most recent attractions and a cultural landmark to the Portuguese Literature.

It is a rather unusual 16th century building, with its unsymmetrical but carefully embroidered large window frames and the distinct diamond shape stones which cover its façade. Initially built to be Lisbon Palace of Bráz de Albuquerque, the second governor of the Portuguese India, it saw its top two floors destroyed with the 1755 earthquake. It found later usage as a warehouse for storing products of the Portuguese New World Colonies and a salt cod trading post.

It was carefully reconstructed according to the original plans during the early 80’s to become a prominent Lisbon exhibition centre, having been completed and given a proper eternal life in 2012, as the house of the 1998 Nobel Literature Laureate and international writing reference, José Saramago.Inside you can experience all the history and heritage of the “House”, travel through the life and work of José Saramago and dip your curiosity in understating “The Stone Raft”, “Blindness” or the upsetting “Book of Disquiet”.

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