House of Spikes

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Basic info

Type of attraction


Portuguese name

Casa dos Bicos / Fundação José Saramago


Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 10 – 1100-135 Lisboa


House of Spikes: +351 210 993 811

Website Email
J. S. Foundation: +351 218 802 040

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How to visit


José Saramago Foundation:
(Upper floor)

General Ticket: 3,00€
Student: 2,00€
Family Ticket*: 8,00€
Groups: 2,00€ (per person)
Lisbon Card: 2,00€

*Maximum of 2 adults.

Guided Tour**
Individual: 6,00€
Senior (over 65): 3,00€
Groups: 4,00€ (per person)

**Booking is mandatory.

Free access
  • Archaeological Core (Ground floor)
  • Children (under 12)
  • Senior (over 65)
Opening times

Monday to Saturday
10 am – 6 pm

Last admission: 5:30 pm

Closing days

January 1, May 1, December 25


Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 10 – 1100-135 Lisboa

Public transports

Metro: Blue line > Terreiro do Paço station
+ 4 min walk

Bus: 728, 759, 794 > Sul e Sueste (Stop)

Tram: 12E, 28E > Sé (Stop)
+ 2 min walk

Car Parking: Campo das Cebolas; Chão do Loureiro & Portas do Sol

More details

  • Facade: the reticulated matrix of diamond-shaped points (spouts) and the small loggia with three arches are distinctive landmarks of this building.
  • José Saramago Foundation: with exhibitions about the life and work of José Saramago. Original manuscripts, photographs and personal items of the author are displayed.
  • Archaeological Core: includes roman remains from a fish processing factory (c. 1st century), sections of a late roman wall and tower.
  • Fish salting tanks: used during the Roman period for fish preservation.
  • Amphora spout: from the 1st to the mid-3rd century.
  • Fragments of everyday use objects before the 1755 earthquake: chamber pot, bowl, jug, oil cruet, pipe.

c.1522 – The construction of the House of Spikes is commissioned by Brás de Albuquerque. The project inspired by italian renaissance buildings is attributed to the architect Francisco de Arruda.

1755 – Lisbon Earthquake. The upper floors of the building are severely damaged.

1955 – Acquisition by the Lisbon City Council.

1981 – Rehabilitation of the building. Project by Manuel Vicente and Daniel Santa-Rita.

1981 – Since this year several archaeological campaigns have been carried out.

1987-2002 – It serves as the headquarters of the National Commission for the Commemoration of the Portuguese Discoveries.

2008 – The municipality allocates the upper floors for the José Saramago Foundation. The ground floor is assigned to an Archaeological Core.

2010 – Archaeological campaign with findings incorporated into the exhibition.

2014 – Inauguration.

the surroundings

  • St. Anthony Church (160 m)
  • Lisbon Cathedral (170 m)
  • Roman Theater (450 m)
  • Fado Museum (550 m)
  • St. Jorge Castle (700 m)
  • National Tile Museum (2,7 km)
  • Pimenta Palace/Lisbon Museum (6,3 km)
  • Adega do Atum (36 m)
  • Taberna Moderna (36 m)
  • Discreto (40 m)
  • Solar dos Bicos (41 m)
  • Casa da Tradição (150 m)