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Bank of Portugal to offer a Museum of Money in a church

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 00:00

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Where strong rooms full of money once sat now emerges what remains of an ancient altar. Where cars parked previously, now emerges the ruins of a temple. After more than two years of work, the Bank of Portugal has completed the renovation of the São Julião Church in Lisbon. The building, which served as a warehouse for years for the Bank of Portugal, has now been restored under a project by architects Gonçalo Byrne and Pedro João Falcão de Campos, and will reopen in the second half of 2013 as the Money Museum. The main entrance has long golden artwork in fabric (as the side panels in old chapels), created by artist Fernanda Fragateiro. The central nave is a multipurpose space that can house concerts or exhibitions, facing Lisbon’s Town Hall Square, where vaults once were. The project has a final cost of around 34 million euros. The church, originally from the 17th century, was rebuilt after an earthquake and was the last of the nine buildings that the bank acquired between 1868 and 1933. The museum is  a gateway to financial literacy. It will include the enormous door of the old vault where they kept the gold reserves of the country, leading to a "contemplative" space, with an exhibit on the history of money and trade in the world.  And, archaeologists found the remains of a wall from the time of king D. Dinis, discovered during restoration work. This ancient city wall has been preserved for anyone who visits the church and Money Museum to see.  According to archaeologists accompanying the work, in the past the Tejo River came up here, and the wall was constructed precisely to protect the population from attacks from the sea. During the excavations, more than 100,000 ceramic fragments were unearthed from the Roman and Islamic periods, and even a vestige of the Royal Palace of Ribeira, that was touching the wall. Under the raised floor of the church were discovered more than 300 bodies from burials made during the 19th century.


Carapau manteiga means only in Setubal

Monday, 11 February 2013 00:00

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The Carapau manteiga is distinguished from other variants of fish species by a fat layer, similar to butter between the skin and the rib, having a distinct taste and generally appreciated when cooked. The Carapau manteiga, common off the coast between Setubal and Sines and appreciated for dining, will be the target of a food qualification process in order to ensure recognition of product origin and quality.  One of the main objectives of the application is to strengthen the role of tourism in the region. Although the qualification process now checks whether this is a species unique to the coast “Setubalense,” in this area there are a lot of underwater rock formations along the coast. This favors the production of algae and plankton and thereby generates special conditions favorable for feeding species.


Hotel Memmo Alfama is scheduled to open during 2013

Saturday, 09 February 2013 00:00

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The hotel Memmo Alfama is integrated in Moorish Wall, a national monument, and has a 4-star rating. It is the second hotel from Memmo Hotels property group after Memmo Baleeira in Sagres.


Lisbon’s Bairro Alto Hotel reopens after total renovation

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 18:42

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Located in an historic building from 1845, the Bairro Alto Hotel in Lisbon reopened February 1, 2013 with renovated rooms, public areas, restaurant and boutique.

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2013 Lisboa Architecture Triennale

Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00

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The aims of the third edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, which takes place from September 12 to December 15, 2013, are to research, encourage and promote architecture to the specialist and the non-specialist public, in particular projects by Portuguese architects, nationally and internationally.  Under the title “Close, Closer,” the Triennale will examine the political, technological, emotional and institutional forms of spatial practice by publicly questioning the terminology, practical aspects, inspirations, inventions and influences on the city and making it known to new publics.  Over a three-month period, the team of curators, headed by London-based Beatrice Galilee, will analyze the multiple possibilities of architectural production through exhibitions, events, performances and debates to be held in various venues in Lisbon.  The goal is to provide a platform for discussion and present an alternative proposal for understanding architecture as a form of spatial practice. The exhibitions, conferences, talks and fringe events will present this wide-ranging and often uncharted field to the public and a new generation of architects. “Close, Closer” includes three exhibitions, a public program, an e-publishing series, a student prize, a Début Award for young architects and a Lifetime Achievement Award. This edition has also created a new type of competition called Crisis Buster, which grants a limited number of scholarships to teams that submit ideas for short- or long-term projects for Lisbon.


From September to December 2013, the Lisbon Architecture Triennale will be a critical platform for the plurality of contemporary spatial practice. The events and exhibitions will introduce architecture as a discipline that is not exclusive to professionals or defined only by buildings, but rather as an expanding field with which, amongst others, sociologists, scientists, curators and artists are all dynamically and radically engaging.


In the meantime the Triennale has defined a parallel program, “Intervalo”, which includes the ongoing production of cyclical events, such as the organization of competitions, conferences, exhibitions, publications and audiovisual productions, all in Lisbon.


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