Places of interest – Alentejo in Lisbon

We love to talk about places that we know you would love to come and visit. This is another one of those places and a bit of its history and how a building in Lisbon (capital of Portugal) has everything to do with Alentejo region (further south of Portugal).

The idea of creating a League that would include a “colony Alentejo Lisbon” dates back to 1912. However, the first attempt was not successful and the process was only to be restarted about ten years later from the same core of notables who founded the Guild Alentejo on 10 June 1923.

In 1939, under the legislation then in force, the guild had to give up the name of “Guild” and renamed it Casa do Alentejo.

The freedom to its fruitful activity in the cultural, social, welfare and recreational services to the Alentejo in general and in particular those based in Lisbon and the outskirts, keeping a constant liaison with their counterparts in Lisbon, Alentejo and Setúbal.

The cultural events held in the magnificent headquarters of Casa do Alentejo were attended by public figures who, for decades, have honored with your presence, which gained them numerous accolades and awards, of which we received the “Grade Officer of the Order of charities “that assigned the Ministry of Education on 29 July 1939.

In 1991 she was recognized as “Tax Public Utility, pursuant to Decree-Law No. 460/77, published in the Official Gazette. The Portuguese Federation of Local Culture and Recreation awarded him the “Diploma of Federated” on 30 September 1970. Today it is a Public interest building, named by IGESPAR.

The Association in the present

Activities at the Casa do Alentejo is our contribution to boosting, promotion and preservation of the culture of the Alentejo, acting as a multi-cultural space where they can take various aspects, such as book presentations, poetry sessions, temporary exhibitions, conferences, thematic gastronomic weeks competitions in the areas of arts, literature and photography, exhibitions of handicrafts, weeks devoted to the municipalities of Alentejo, cultural evenings on Saturdays and Sundays social dances.

The momentum developed in recent years has revealed a Casa do Alentejo with an active role in discussion of current problems, assuming its social responsibility to the challenges facing the region.

The intervention of the Casa do Alentejo goes far beyond the physical space in Lisbon, bringing its contribution in the organization of conferences, congresses and cultural events are held periodically in the Alentejo region to develop regional, improving the quality of life of the Alentejo and the preservation of their customs.

Beatiful palm trees and a fountain inside
Beatiful palm trees and a fountain inside

The Palace

Possibly built in the late seventeenth century, the building where today is installed the “Casa do Alentejo” has undergone profound changes in the early twentieth century.

From its earliest history its known that belonged to an aristocratic family – the Paes Amaral (Viscounts of Alverca) – from whom adopted the name and the title of Paes do Amaral Palace or Palace Alverca.

In the early twentieth century (1917-1919) was leased to a company that transformed a part of the old palace in the 1st casino oh Lisbon – the Magestic Club.

The Palace suffered profound adaptation works, under the  supervision of architect Silva Júnior, transforming it in the magnificent building that reached the present day.

Inside the buiding you will also find a restaurant and a tavern, where they serve traditional Portuguese fare with a focus on the Alentejo region.

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Traveling to Lisbon? don’t foget to mark this place on your map!

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