COME WITH ME IN A TOUR ACROSS OLD LISBON - XXXVIII (CASA DOS BICOS)

by Antonio Gil May. 09, 2015 2778 views

The Casa dos Bicos (Portuguese for House of Spikes) was built around 1523 by Brás de Albuquerque (1501–1581), son of the first governor of Portuguese India, Afonso de Albuquerque. Brás de Albuquerque had spent some years in Italy, where he could get first hand contact with Italian Renaissance architecture. He presumably saw urban palaces like the Palazzo dei Diamanti, in Ferrara, that have façades covered with diamond-shaped spikes. Upon his return to Portugal, Brás de Albuquerque built the Casa dos Bicos with a façade featuring “diamonds” like in the Italian palace, but incorporating Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) windows and portals. In 2012 the José Saramago Foundation established its permanent office in the Casa dos Bicos, due to an agreement with Lisbon's Council. The José Saramago Foundation offers to visitors a permanent exhibition titled The Seed and the Fruits about the life and work of José Saramago (Nobel Prize of Literature)

♫♫ CASA DOS BICOS - JANEIRO 2010 ♫♫ [youtube.com]

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Kris 4 years, 4 months ago

exquisite structures! the uneven design on the 3rd one is really remarkable.. so nice!

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Sadhya Rippon 4 years, 4 months ago

I like them all. I was curious to read about the history of this house. I love those three dimensional pyramids.
I have never read Saramago. Have you?

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 4 months ago

Beautiful captures with wonderful history & info.

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sreekumar Marar 4 years, 4 months ago

That texture in the last shot has the effect of a brain teaser! :)

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Glo B 4 years, 4 months ago

interesting artwork in the windows....last one is awesome!

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson 4 years, 4 months ago

Wow! I agree with all here and its really crazy how much you can see in that last one. You sure live in a exciting town!

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Maud - Normandie - France 4 years, 4 months ago

Très intéressant ! merci pour le partage !!

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sabina Ibrahimović 4 years, 4 months ago

Great architecture. #4 is mind-blowing.

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 4 years, 4 months ago

Love them all! Great set!

4 years, 4 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 4 years, 4 months ago

I do like # 3 ... strange!

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