The House where Fernando Pessoa (1888 - 1935) – one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language – lived during the last 15 years of his life, has the mission of conserving, preserving, and disseminating his legacy, which includes his archive declared a “National Treasure”, in 2009.
Rua Coelho da Rocha, 16-18
1250 – 088 Lisboa
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 7 pm Last entrance at 6 pm
Closed on Mondays and January 1, May 1 and December 25
Closed on Mondays and holidays
T: +351 213 913 270
About the space
Spanning three floors, visitors can visit the permanent exhibition about the writer’s life and work, with objects, furniture, Fernando Pessoa’s book collection (his valuable personal library), or artworks by different artists, including the famous portrait painted by Almada Negreiros. The space still functions as a hub for the promotion, reflection and investigation of literary creation and its many readings.
Today, Fernando Pessoa’s name is the most well-known worldwide in Portuguese literature. He lived until he was 47 years and he spent most of this time writing, an activity he began as a child, writing in Portuguese mostly, but also in English and French. In addition to the heteronyms Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis and Álvaro de Campos, and the semi-heteronym Bernardo Soares, the number of characters he created and are linked, at the same time, related to his texts or poems, figure well over a hundred. Involved in different publishing and magazine projects, such as Orpheu, Athena and the Íbis publishing house, his work is multifaceted, including such different genres such as essays, theatre, letters of all kinds and even crime novels.
Inaugurated on 30th November 1993, on the anniversary of the poet’s death, Casa Fernando Pessoa was recently renovated, with a new exhibition space making it a lot more accessible. It has a special world poetry library and an auditorium that welcomes events linked to poetry and literature in dialogue with other forms of expression.