House of the Spikes

Local nameCasa dos Bicos
LocationSanta Maria Maior, Lisbon, Portugal

Noticeable for its unique facade, covered with diamond-shaped stones. It was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake and restored after that. The inside of the house has undergone vast changes, but the original marble staircase and contrasting dark walls are still its highlights.

During its history, the house has served various purposes, at one point being a warehouse for codfish. Since 2012, it houses the José Saramago Foundation. It is a private institution displaying work of this Portuguese writer, who received Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998. The house also functions as a venue for various talks, workshops and theater plays.

The nearest metro station is Terreiro do Paço (blue line).

Tags Literary MuseumManueline ArchitectureHistoric BuildingRenaissance ArchitectureFacadeMuseumCastlePalace
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Opening hours

(Last admission 30 min before closing.)


Adults: €3
Students: €2
Children (up to 12), seniors (65+): free
Family: €8

More information and contact


Official website


Phone + 351 218 ​​802 040

Address R. dos Bacalhoeiros, 1100 Lisbon, Portugal

Coordinates 38°42'32.798" N -9°7'57.577" E

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