Here you may find the most relevant information concerning the location and history of the Torre do Tombo (Conference Venue), the City Museum (Welcome Reception) and the CCB (Gala Dinner). You also have a short introduction to Fado, the country's national musical treasure that you will listen during your stay.

Tower of the Tomb / Torre do Tombo (Campus UL, Alameda da Universidade)

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The Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo (English: National Archive of the Tower of the Tomb) is the Portuguese national archive established in 1378. It is located in Lisbon. It was renamed in 2009 as Instituto dos Arquivos Nacionais (English: Institute of the National Archives).

Among the significant collections at the Arquivo are items relating to the Portuguese explorations and discoveries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Corpo Cronológico (Chronological Corpus), a collection of manuscripts on the Portuguese discoveries, was inscribed on UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2007 in recognition of its historical value "for acquiring knowledge of the political, diplomatic, military, economic and religious history of numerous countries at the time of the Portuguese Discoveries." [1] Another item relating to the Portuguese discoveries, the Carta de Pêro Vaz de Caminha (Letter from Pêro Vaz de Caminha), was also inscribed on the Memory of the World Register in 2005. This letter is the first document describing the land and people of what became Brazil.


The City Museum (five minutes distant from Torre do Tombo)

The compelling City Museum tells the story of Lisbon's long history through prehistoric, Roman, Visigothic, Moorish, and medieval remains. It is located in the 18th century Pimenta Palace, built as a gift for King João V's mistress.

Highlights include an enormous model of pre-earthquake Lisbon, maps and prints from before and after the quake (including a 17th-century painting showing Comercio Square before it was remodeled), and tile panels of city scenes.


Also interesting are engravings of the Inquisition and of Catherine of Bragança departing Lisbon to marry England's Charles II.

There is also a lovely courtyard with peacocks wandering around.


CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém (a special transport will be available for those going to the Gala Dinner)

CCB is Lisbon's cultural and arts center. Originally controversial for its striking modern architecture next to the historical Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Cultural Center (simply referred to as CCB) was built to host Portugal's presidency of the European Union in 1992.

It has since become the host of numerous international exhibitions (from photography to mixed-media installations), cultural events and congresses, and is also an arts complex with the city's largest auditorium.


For years it was also home to the Design Museum, but that space is now occupied by the Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The terrace café on the first floor with a garden overlooking the river and the Discoveries Monument is a great place to relax.


Fado (will be sung during the Gala Dinner)

Portugal has a diverse musical culture - from the French Provençal strain in the folk music of the north of the country, to Fado, Lisbon's soulful sound,
the country's national musical treasure.

There are two basic styles of Fado: Lisbon and Coimbra. In Lisbon it is always sung by a solo performer, while in Coimbra it is often performed by groups of male university students.


They are accompanied by two guitarists, one playing the melody on a twelve-stringed Portuguese guitar (descendant of the English guitar introduced into Portugal by the British community in Porto in the 19th century), and the other supplying the rhythm on the six-stringed viola. The intensely melancholic songs are usually about love, woes, and pains, or express sadness and longing for things that were lost or that were never accomplished, but in Coimbra, it also occasionally contains humor and political undertones.

Even musical experts cannot agree on the true origin of Fado. Although the word comes from the Latin fatum, meaning fate, some believe its drawn-out laments is a legacy of the Moorish occupation. Others say it developed from an African dance in Brazil, and according to another theory, the melancholy character of the music evolved from Portuguese seafarers who sang of home during their long absenses at sea.

It emerged as a bohemian art form in Lisbon's working-class districts of Alfama and Mouraria in the late 18th century, and gradually moved up-market. It became popular with the singer Maria Severa, who died at the age of 26 and later became the subject of Portugal's first sound movie in 1931. To this day, female performers wear a black shawl in her memory and her life story has been the influence of several Fado songs, poems, novels, and plays.

But it was Amalia Rodrigues in the 20th century who made Fado known beyond Portugal, performing all over Europe, Japan, South America, and even in the United States, in New York's "La Vie en Rose" in the 1950s. She's been credited with defining the style of the music, and when she died in 1999, the government declared three days of national mourning and awarded her a state funeral. As a national icon, she is buried in Lisbon's National Pantheon.

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