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The neighborhood of São Bento is the political center of the country, the place where the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic is located in the building of the old Monastery of São Bento da Saúde. The main streets of São Bento are Rua de São Bento and Rua do Poço dos Negros. São Bento is a neighborhood of narrow, winding and labyrinthine streets, the best way to get to know São Bento is to walk around… From the Assembly of the Republic, it is possible to go down Avenida Dom Carlos I, and arrive in ten minutes to the coast of the Tagus River near Cais do Sodré. São Bento is the place where Portuguese politics takes place! Bordering the neighborhood of Santos, the neighborhood of Estrela, is close to the Alto and Principe Real neighborhoods. The highlights of the São Bento landscape are the Convento de São Bento and the Palácio da Flor da Murta. It was in São Bento that the Portuguese writer Alexandre Herculano, was born where the fado singer Amália Rodrigues and the poet Fernando Pessoa lived, two of the great symbols of Portuguese culture. São Bento is a quiet neighborhood where you can live in safety and harmony.
The neighborhood of São Bento is included in the parish of Estrela, which includes The neighborhood of [Estrela] (: estrela) | The neighborhood of [Lapa] (: lapa) | The neighborhood of [Santos-O-Velho] (: Santos-O-Velho) | The neighborhood of [Madragoa] (: madragoa) | The neighborhood of São Bento.
Atrações para visitar no bairro de São Bento (top 10)
1. The Palácio de São Bento (São Bento da Saúde Monastery)! [(38.713365, -9.153932)] is a neoclassical palace where the seat of the Parliament of the Assembly of the Republic has been located since 1834, the legislative body of the Portuguese State. It began to be built in 1598 at Quinta da Saúde, an old monastery officially called Monastery of São Bento da Saúde, and also known as Monastery of the Blacks due to having belonged to the Black Friars of Tibães. The Monastery was started by Baltazar Álvares (1560-1630) and completed by Frei Pedro Quaresma and Frei João Turriano. The original design of the monastery included four cloisters, a church with side chapels, two towers, a bedroom, a barber shop, a kitchen, a cafeteria, wine cellars, an oil press, an oven and workshops. The Monastery of São Bento da Saúde was delivered to Cortes on September 4, 1833.
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2. Jardim de São Bento ![(38.711659, -9.154793)] located next to the São Bento Palace, it stands out for the set of statues designated by The Family, by Leopoldo de Almeida (1898-1975)
3. Fundação Mário Soares ![(38.712856, -9.152826)]: it is a foundation with the mission of promoting cultural and political activities, and preserving the memory and history of the former President of the Republic Mário Soares (1924-2017), located near the São Bento Palace. The Fundação Mário Soares was founded on September 12, 1991 by Mário Soares himself. The main highlights of the Fundação Mário Soares are:
- Archive and Library: stands out for the documentation related to Mário Soares, Contemporary History of Portugal, history of the Republic in Portugal and the articles related to the Revolution of April 25, 1974, also known as Carnation Revolution, which ended with the dictatorial regime that was in force since 1933.
- Casa-Museu de Mário Soares: Casa-Museu de Mário Soares and Centro Cultural João Soares are located outside Lisbon, in the parish of Cortes, municipality of Leiria. These two institutions are managed by the Mário Soares Foundation. It is worth mentioning the Library, a tile panel by Heim Semke and the garden designed by architect Gonçalo Ribeiro Teles
4. São Bento Market ![(38.714039, -9.153220)]: located in front of the São Bento Palace, it is one of the main attractions of São Bento street due to the great gastronomic variety. The São Bento Market was the place where the old garden of the monks of the São Bento Monastery was located. The São Bento Market was opened on January 1, 1881, with 29 stalls selling vegetables, fruits, poultry, meat, fish. Currently the São Bento Market is renewed with new offers that deserve to be highlighted, namely the Tasquinha Dim Sum, the Austrian sausage Wurst or the gelateria Nannarella.
5. Fundação Amália Rodrigues ![(38.715434, -9.154642)]: located at Rua de São Bento, 193, integrates the House-Museum of Amália Rodrigues. The House-Museum of Amália Rodrigues was inaugurated on July 24, 2001 and presents it with the same aspect since Amália Rodrigues’ death on October 6, 1999. The Amália Rodrigues Foundation was created by the will of the singer in testament . The main points of interest are a showcase with decorations that Amália Rodrigues received throughout her career, pieces of crockery from Companhia das Índias, a portrait of Amália Rodrigues by Luís Pinto Coelho, the dining room and the bedroom.
6. Café São Bento ![(38.713239, -9.153074)]: is known for having the Best Lisbon Steak according to TimeOut, located at Rua de São Bento, number 212. Café de São Bento was opened on July 12, 1982 with the aim of recreating Bife à Marrare, which was served in Lisbon’s cafés and restaurants in the 18th and 19th centuries. António Marrare, a Neapolitan, came to Lisbon in the late 18th century and opened several cafés and restaurants, close to the São Carlos Theater, Cais do Sodré, Chiado and Rua dos Sapateiros. It was in the restaurant on Rua dos Sapateiros, known as Marrare das Sete Portas that Bife à Marrare appeared in 1884. Café de São Bento received several awards, namely one of the ten best restaurants in Lisbon for the English portal The Culture Trip and the American magazine Times in an article Where Top Chefs Eat
7. Casa-Museu Mestre João da Silva ![(38.718392, -9.154408)]: located close to Rua de São Bento and Largo do Rato stands out for its collection of 5595 pieces of jewelery, sculpture, numismatic, medallion, ceramics, plaster and approximately 300 works of art. It was in this house that João da Silva (1880-1960), sculptor, medalist and chisel, lived and worked. Mestre João da Silva stood out due to several works, namely the First Gold Medal of the Republic of 1916, the First Commemorative Medal of centenary of Silva Porto in 1950, the monuments of homage to the dead of the First World War* (1914-1918) in Poulignen, Évora and Valença do Minho, a homage monument to Júlio Diniz in Porto or Sousa Lara in Angola.
8. IADE: Creative University ![(38.707321, -9.152542)]: It is a design building where IADE University is located, located at Avenida Dom Carlos I, it stands out for its dimension and for the architecture in the design of metallic crosses that it presents on the facade. IADE was founded in 1969, having been the first design school in Portugal. IADE is part of Laureate International Universities, the largest higher education group since 2015 and the European University since 2016
9. Atelier Museu Júlio Pomar ![(38.711585, -9.150404)]: located close to São Bento street, it stands out for promoting and preserving the work of Júlio Pomar. Júlio Pomar stands out due to several works in the areas of ceramics, painting, drawing and engraving [, >] specifically the painting The lunch of trolha from 1946-1950, the tile panel on Avenida Infante Santo in Lisbon, the painting Gadanheiro. Júlio Pomar won several awards and decorations, namely the Printmaking Prize in 1957, the Bissaya Barreto Prize in 2018, Grand Officer of the Order of Liberty in 2004 and Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Lisbon in 2013. The main points of interest in the Atelier Museu Júlio Pomar are the work of Júlio Pomar, the holding of a conference and cultural activities and the publication Cadernos do Atelier.
10. Aqueduct on Rua do Arco to São Mamede ![(38.717167, -9.154731)]: located on São Mamede Street, the aqueduct connects Rua de São Bento with Rua da Escola Politécnica. The Aqueduct of Rua do Arco a São Mamede integrated the 127 arches of the Águas Livres Aqueduct, built between 1732 and 1748 at the behest of the King of Portugal Dom João V (1689-1750) with the aim of supply water to Lisbon. Near the arch of the aqueduct is a fountain built by architect Reinaldo Manuel dos Santos (1731-1791), engineer and military architect who participated in the elaboration of several works in the country, namely Church of Nossa Senhora dos Mártires in Lisbon, the fountain at Largo do Carmo or the Basilica da Estrela.
Other attractions to explore in the neighborhood of São Bento
- Alma Lusa ![(38.719186, -9.155741)]: is a collectible store related to typical Portuguese themes, located near Largo do Rato and Rua de São Bento .;
- Casa de Chá Santa Isabel ![(38.719537, -9.155504)]: located in São Bento street, Casa de Chá Santa Isabel recreates the Group’s tea recipes of Vincentians of the Work of Nossa Senhora do Amparo. In the 1950s, the Vincentians integrated fashion shows with the offer of teas and scones to spectators. What came to be known as The Best Snack in Lisbon came into being. The profits from Casa de Chá Santa Isabel were donated to the social works of the Santa Isabel Parish .;
- Denegro ![(38.718531, -9.155671)]: It is the first artisan chocolate workshop dedicated to the manufacture of chocolates, a chocolate restaurant located on São Bento street. The Denegro workshop stands out for the workshops, for the customization of chocolates for individuals and companies and for the of social gatherings*. Denegro was inaugurated in 2008;
- Loja Apaixonarte ![(38.710743, -9.151258)]: located at Rua Poiais de São Bento is a store that stands out for the presence of Portuguese art. Loja Apaixonarte promotes local artists every month. Apaixonarte was created by Cláudia Cordeiro with the aim of making art accessible to everyone in 2012. The store has already exhibited exhibitions by various artists, namely Tamara Alves, Margarida Girão, Pedro Zamith, Rita Cascais or Sara Feio .;
- Wurst ![(38.713989, -9.153318)]: it is an Austrian sausage kiosk where you can taste typical German or Austrian food, located on Rua Nova da Piedade is integrated in the Market São Bento .;
- São Bento Galleries ![(38.710907, -9.152729)]: located on São Bento Street, the São Bento Galleries stand out for the existence of work sharing and launch spaces innovative projects in areas related to the arts and culture. The Galerias de São Bento integrate spaces such as the Restaurante Boca Café and a concept store;
- Santa Isabel Tea House;
- Chafariz da Esperança;
- Stairs of Travessa de Arrochela.
Illustrious Figures from the São Bento neighborhood
- Alexandre Herculano: (1810-1877) was born in Lisbon, in the old Pátio do Gil, in São Bento, and died at Quinta de Vale de Lobos, in Santarém. Alexandre Herculano is considered the father of Portuguese Historiography and was, together with Almeida Garrett (1799-1854), one of those responsible for the introduction of the political, artistic and philosophical movement of Romanticism in Portugal. Alexandre Herculano had a difficult childhood due to the poverty of his parents, joined the liberal revolt and in 1831 applied for asylum in a French frigate that was in Lisbon. From this year he traveled through France, England, the Azores and Porto, where he was appointed Second Librarian of the Public Library. In 1839 Alexandre Herculano was appointed director of the Royal Libraries. Alexandre Herculano became famous in Portugal with the publication of the book “A Voz do Profeta”. Alexandre Herculano was the author of several works, namely the “Letters about the History of Portugal” (1842), “O Bobo” (1843), “Eurico”, “The Elder” (1844 ), “History of Portugal” (1846) and “Os Opúsculos” (1836-1857);
- Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999): she was the best known singer in Portugal, was born in the parish of Pena and died in São Bento in the city of Lisbon. Amália Rodrigues was the greatest fado singer in Portugal and the first artist to internationalize fado. Amália Rodrigues began her career at the age of eighteen at the “Spring Competition”, a fado contest. In 1940, Amália Rodrigues started singing at “Retiro da Severa”, the most prestigious fado house in Lisbon. At the age of 23 he started his international career in Madrid, sang in Japan, the Soviet Union, France, Brazil, the United States of America, and in several European countries, participated in several films and received numerous awards. Amália Rodrigues’ last performance was in Lisbon at the age of 74 years. Amália Rodrigues edited more than 150 albums, namely “Ai Mouraria”, “Barco Negro”, “Songs in an Ancient Language”, “Amália on Broadway”, “The Best of Amália: Strange way of life”;
- Fernando Pessoa: He was one of the most important poets and writers in Portugal, full name, Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (1888-1935) was born in front of the São Carlos National Theater and died in Lisbon, multiple personalities throughout life, his first personality being created when he was six years old. His father died when Fernando Pessoa was 5 years old and has since been forced to move to a smaller house with his mother and grandmother, who suffered from mental illness. Fernando Pessoa moved in 1896 to Durban, South Africa with his mother, where he studied English Literature and created the first heteronyms, having been awarded the Rainha prize Vitória for the category of Best Essay in English in 1903, for Cape Hope University. Fernando Pessoa returned to Lisbon in 1905 where he studied Greek, German philosophers, theology, history, French literature and where he makes several attempts to start business on his own, however, without success. Fernando Pessoa had more than thirty jobs with the aim of not working all day to be able to write. The Portuguese writer lived in more than twenty houses, namely in Calçada da Estrela, in São Bento street, in Largo do Carmo, on Rua da Bela Vista à Lapa. Fernando Pessoa met with friends António Ferreo, Mário de Sá-Carneiro and Almada Negreiros, in cafés throughout the city of Lisbon, namely in the café Brasileira, in Chiado, and in the café Martinho da Arcada, at Terreiro do Paço, where Modernism was born with the creation of Orpheu magazine. Fernando Pessoa wrote several works, namely “The Message “, “The Keeper of Herds” (1914), “O Livro do Desassossego” ( 1914), “The Message” (1934);
- Marechal Duque de Saldanha: named João Carlos Gregório Vicente Francisco de Saldanha Oliveira e Daun was born in Lisbon in 1790 and died in London in 1876. The Duque de Saldanha (1790-1876) played important roles in the Napoleonic Invasions of Portugal, in the Liberal Struggles and in the Revolt of the Marshals. The Duke of Saldanha held various political positions, namely Minister of War Affairs, Minister of Ecclesiastics and Justice, Finance and Overseas, Minister of Foreigners and Public Works, Commerce and Industry, Minister of the Kingdom and President of the Council in Constitutional Governments . The Duke of Saldanha was also Grand Master of Southern Masonry and Chief of Staff;
- Hintze Ribeiro, Ernesto Rodolfo Hintze Ribeiro (1849-1907) was born in Ponta Delgada, on São Miguel Island in the Azores and died in Lisbon in 1907. Hintze Ribeiro stood out as Minister of Foreigners and Public Works, Commerce and Industry and leader of the Regenerating Party in 1900. Hintze Ribeiro was appointed Pair of the Kingdom on January 1, 1886;
- Laura Alves Magno was born in 1921 and died in 1986 in Lisbon. Laura Alves performed more than 400 theater shows throughout her career and was considered the Queen of the Stage. Laura Alves started her career at Teatro Politeama at the age of thirteen. Most of the plays he performed were performed in the old Teatro Monumental. Laura Alves’ career has had several successes, namely “The Two Girls of Paris” (1935), “O Pai Tirano” (1941), “O Pátio das Cantigas” (1941) or “The Lion of the Star” (1947).
Curiosities related to the São Bento neighborhood
- São Bento was the place where the first slave community in Lisbon lived;
- Rua de São Bento is run by four parish councils: Estrela, Misericórdia, Santo António and Campo de Ourique;
- Convento de São Bento was known as Convento da Saúde;
- The upper part of Rua de São Bento may have been called Rua de São Bento à Trinas due to the existence of Trinas in Largo do Rato;
- On Rua de São Bento there was a film studio, the Portugália Filmes, where many Portuguese artists worked;
- Historian and writer Alexandre Herculano was born in Pátio do Gil, at number 458;
- The politician Hintze Ribeiro lived on Rua de São Bento;
- Fado singer Amália Rodrigues lived in São Bento Street.
- Colégio Luso-Suíço
Places to shop
Fairs, Parties and Pilgrimages
- São Bento Nights: held annually in September. The antique shops in the São Bento neighborhood are open until midnight
- Lisbon São Bento Hotel
Location of the Parish of Campo de Ourique (São Bento) on the map of Lisbon
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