Visit the Casa dos Bicos, a historic building dating back to the 15th century, and home to the José Saramago Foundation. The Foundation perpetuates the memory of Saramago, a Portuguese writer chosen as the Nobel laureate in Literature in 1998.
What to Expect
Visit the José Saramago Foundation, a private cultural institution based in the Casa dos Bicos, in Lisbon, and dedicated to perpetuate the memory of the celebrated Portuguese novelist.
Born in 1922, Saramago penned more than 40 titles, publishing his first novel, Levantado do Chão (Raised from the Ground), in 1947.
Up until 2010, the year of his death in Lanzarote, José Saramago built a unique body of work in both Portuguese and international literature, with his writings translated into many languages. He was awarded the Camões Prize in 1995 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.
The Casa dos Bicos, the Foundation’s head office since June 2012, features a permanent exhibition on the life and work of José Saramago, entitled The Seed and The Fruits, and cultural activities such as book presentations, representations of plays, and conferences.
A collection of manuscripts, documents, first editions, and translations takes you on a journey through Saramago’s literary production and its ideological and social context. Some displays have an audiovisual element intended to open still more doors into the dense, rich Saramagoan world.
The layout of the exhibition allows for a variety of ways into the author’s life and work, and you may choose your own route. There is also an extensive library and a bookstore, where you can choose among the author’s many works.
On the ground floor of Casa dos Bicos there is an archaeological site, where you can see remnants of the Roman occupation of Lisbon. The Casa dos Bicos itself was built in 1523 by the son of the second Portuguese Governor of India and it was heavily damaged by the 1755 earthquake that devastated Lisbon.
- Admission ticket to the Fundação José Saramago, Casa dos Bicos
Know Before You Go
• Children until 12 years and seniors over 65 can enter for free
• Casa dos Bicos is closed on Sundays