This striking building was erected between 1521 and 1523, on the orders of Brás de Albuquerque, the son of the first Viceroy of India. Its unusual façade, covered by a grid of point-cut diamonds commonly known in Portuguese as 'bicos', was inspired by Italian Renaissance models, namely the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara. Inside, a ground-floor exhibit run by the Museu de Lisboa lays bare (literally) the plot's history from Roman through medieval times, including sections of the ancient city wall, traces of a production centre for fish preserves, and ceramics and glassware from later centuries. The upper floors house the Fundação José Saramago (21 751 3215, www.josesaramago.org). It has a bookshop with a good stock of the writer's work and hosts regular debates on literary and social topics.
|Venue name:||Casa dos Bicos|
Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 10
|Opening hours:||10am-6pm Mon-Sat (last entry 5.30pm)|
|Transport:||Metro Terreiro do Paço|