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Harmonic decor reminiscent of Manueline Gothic style for Saramago´s Foundation home.

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Casa dos Bicos (House of Spikes)

The secret of the diamond.

The building's history is as fascinating as its legend, according to which one of its sharp stones hides a diamond placed by its architect for a bold soothsayer to find it. Also known as Casa de Brás de Albuquerque, this structure, reminiscent of Manueline Gothic style, stands as we leave the Alfama district (Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 1100-135). Francisco da Arruda built this building in 1523 to be later destroyed by the earthquake that devastated Lisbon in 1773 and, after which, it remained abandoned until its rebuilding was undertaken in 1983. At the end of the day, is one of the rare examples of Renaissance civil architecture in Lisbon. After a period serving as an exhibition hall, it now houses the foundation of Nobel Laureate José Saramago (All information in http://www.josesaramago.org/), whose harmonious décor reflects the brilliant thoughts of the author of Essay on Blindness.



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