Casa dos Bicos
Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 10
T: + 351 210 993 811
MON — SAT
10am to 6pm
(last entry at 5:30 pm)
On the bank holidays:
- 1 JAN
- 1 MAY
- 25 DEC
How to get here
- Terreiro do Paço
Where to park
Nearby car parks – Campo das Cebolas, Chão do Loureiro and Portas do Sol
Located in the riverside area of the city, the Casa dos Bicos’ archaeological centre is one of most representative examples of 16th century civil architecture in Lisbon and houses archaeological exhibits from various periods, including some over 2000 years old.
Inaugurated in 2014, the Museum of Lisbon - Casa dos Bicos features a long-term exhibition area, which includes a visit to archaeological ruins.
The Casa dos Bicos was probably built from 1522 onwards by order of Brás de Albuquerque (1500-1580), son of the governor of India, Afonso de Albuquerque (1453-1515). The project was entrusted to the architect Francisco de Arruda. Despite having undergone considerable changes, the Casa dos Bicos is the most representative example of a residential property in Lisbon from the Renaissance period. Similar to other eclectic civil constructions in Italy and Spain, such as the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara (Italy) and the Palacio del Infantado in Guadalajara (Spain), the Casa dos Bicos features a diamond-patterned façade, Mudejar tiles and other prominent artistic ornaments. The upper floors sustained serious damage during the 1755 earthquake.
Acquired by Lisbon City Council in 1955, the Casa dos Bicos was rehabilitated in 1981 as part of a project designed by architects Manuel Vicente (1934-2013) and Daniel Santa-Rita (1929-2001), restoring the entire building to its original dimensions. It served as the headquarters of the National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries between 1987 and 2002.
In 2008, Lisbon City Hall granted the upper floors to the newly established José Saramago Foundation, reserving the ground floor for a new archaeological centre, which exhibits the findings of an archaeological dig carried out in 2010. Some of the remnants on display are parts of Late Roman walls and cetariae – elements of a Roman preserved and salted fish production unit, whose products were mostly exported.
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Saint Anthony Roman Theatre Casa dos Bicos West Tower
13 May 2023 — 08 Oct 202311h – 13h
Casa dos Bicos José Saramago Foundation Auditorium
27 Oct 202309h30 – 17h30
Pimenta Palace Saint Anthony Casa dos Bicos
18 Jan 2023 — 06 Dec 202318h
Pimenta Palace Saint Anthony Roman Theatre Casa dos Bicos West Tower
07 Jan 2023 — 17 Dec 202310h – 18h
Pimenta Palace Saint Anthony Roman Theatre Casa dos Bicos
01 Jan 2023 — 31 Dec 202310h – 18h
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