Fundação José Saramago - Casa dos Bicos

Francisco de Arruda, 1523

Manuel Vicente e José Daniel Santa-Rita, 1981 / João Santa-Rita, 2011

Fundação José Saramago

Open Visits

Visit with no monitoring, within the designated timetable.

Regular Visits

Visit to the space accompanied by our team of volunteers present at the location.


Guided tour made by the author of the architectural project himself or by an invited specialist.

João Santa-Rita às 12h30 e por Sérgio Machado Letria às 14h30 e 16h30

Accessibility Visits

Visits with adequate mediation for the following public: blind, low vision, deaf people or with intellectual disabilities.

Visita das 10h00 para pessoas com deficiência intelectual, máx 15 pessoas. Visita das 15h30 para pessoas cegas e com baixa visão, máx 5 pessoas

Open House Junior

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Maximum 20 people per visit

No reservation required; first-come, first-served

Wheelchair access

Photography allowed


Commissioned by Brás de Albuquerque, the son of the first Portuguese Viceroy of India, and built between 1521 and 1523, the Casa dos Bicos stands out for its unusual façade covered in “diamond-like spikes”, known by the popular term “bicos” [Portuguese for spikes or beaks]; the façade takes its inspiration from Italian Renaissance models. The earthquake of 1755 did considerable damage to the building. Later, after partial reconstruction, it housed a salt cod trader’s warehouse, which remained there well into the 20th century. In 1983, on the occasion of the 17th European Exposition of Arts, Science and Culture, a renovation project by Daniel Santa-Rita restored the building’s original volume. However, it remained unfinished, a testament to the memory of what had since disappeared. Subjected to further renovation work from 2008 to 2012, Casa dos Bicos is now the headquarters of the Fundação José Saramago and home to the Casa dos Bicos archaeological nucleus.



Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 10

Directions: Google Maps / Apple Maps

Public Transport

Bus: 711, 714, 728, 735, 736, 759, 760, 774, 781

Subway: Terreiro do Paço (Linha Azul)