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Casa dos Bicos / Museu de Lisboa, Lisbon

Casa dos Bicos / Museu de Lisboa, Lisbon

Casa dos Bicos (Portuguese for House of the Beaks/Spikes) is a historical house built in the early 16th century in the Alfama neighborhood, with a curious façade covered with 1,125 diamond-shaped stone spikes. Modeled after the Palazzos of Venice with Portuguese-style Manueline arched windows, it was of the very few buildings to survive the terrible 1775 Lisbon earthquake, but over time was abandoned as a residence and used as a warehouse. After a 20th-century renovation, it became the headquarters of the José Saramago Foundation and a location of the Museum of Lisbon.

The ground floor, which is free to enter, is completely dedicated to an archaeological site, which is a must-see in this corner of Lisbon, especially since there is lots of information in English. The upper floors are a paid area dedicated to the life and public works of Portuguese writer / Nobel Prize recipient, José Saramago, while the outside area is a sort of memorial for the brilliant writer, who doesn't have a grave; his ashes are buried under the old olive tree right outside the building.

Tip:
Please note the huge elephant footprint – a tribute to one of Saramago's most famous books, "The Elephant's Journey".
Take care to also note the slight exterior differences between the older bottom two floors and the newer top two floors.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am–5:30pm

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Sight Name: Casa dos Bicos / Museu de Lisboa
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark

Walking Tours in Lisbon, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lisbon is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souvenir Shopping Tour

Souvenir Shopping Tour

It would be a pity to leave Lisbon without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Lisbon, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. Take this tour to explore Alfama and Baixa districts souvenir shops.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon, whose name derives from the Arabic "Al-hamma" and means "hot fountains" or "baths". The district is a home to numerous historic attractions, including a former royal residence – the medieval São Jorge Castle, as well as numerous churches, of which the most prominent is Lisbon's Cathedral, oldest in the city, and the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Sao Jorge Castle to Lisbon Cathedral Walking Tour

Sao Jorge Castle to Lisbon Cathedral Walking Tour

This self-guided walk takes you from the breathtaking Sao Jorge historic castle to the city's oldest church, the Lisbon Cathedral, while taking in the picturesque Alfama district – where it is said Fado originated – along the way. Included also are several unique museums, as well as two viewpoints from where you can look out over Alfama and the Tagus River. A classic Lisbon walk!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Amoreiras Walking Tour

Amoreiras Walking Tour

Due to its excellent central location in one of Lisbon's most vibrant neighborhoods, Amoreiras marks one of the Portuguese capital's entrances as well as being one of its most sophisticated areas. This is where you'll find the emblematic Amoreiras Shopping Center with its eye-catching postmodern towers, housing international chains and a good food court. Take our self-guided tour to...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Lisbon Introduction Walk

Lisbon Introduction Walk

Legend goes that Lisbon's name has derived either from Allis Ubbo, meaning "safe harbor" in Phoenician, or from the pre-Roman name of the River Tagus, Lisso. Nestled at Europe's western edge and featuring numerous architectural styles, it ranks as the world's 10th oldest city and traces its roots back to the Phoenician Civilization, who settled it approximately three...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour

Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour

Parque das Nações, often referred to by locals as “Expo”, is a commercial and residential area in Lisbon which gained popularity and underwent tremendous transformation in the late 1990s as a site of the World Expo 1998. Many attractions were built here during that time, including the Oceanarium (the world's biggest), Science Museum, Vasco da Gama Tower, Vasco da Gama Bridge and others....  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles

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