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The Aljube Museum of Resistance and Freedom stands as a grim reminder of Portugal's oppressive dictatorship under Salazar. Housed within the former Aljube political prison, the museum is as much a... Read More
The Aljube Museum of Resistance and Freedom stands as a grim reminder of Portugal's oppressive dictatorship under Salazar. Housed within the former Aljube political prison, the museum is as much a memorial to the victims of imprisonment and torture as an endeavour to highlight the values of democracy and freedom. Displayed chronologically over three floors is a permanent exhibition that vividly charts the rise of fascism in Portugal, beginning with the advent of military dictatorship in 1923 through the establishment in 1933 of the Estado Novo (New State). Resistance to the regime, the anti-colonial struggle and 1974's so-called "Carnation Revolution", which effectively ended 48 years of dictatorship, are also chronicled. A fascinating and often poignant collection of period artefacts, photographs, original newsreel and radio broadcasts bring this dark chapter in Portugal's history into stark focus. Information panels are currently only in Portuguese but will eventually feature additional English translation.
- Tue-Sun 10am-6pm
- Museums: "After browsing such an austere and brooding exhibition, nip up to the top-floor café for light refreshments and wonderful views of the cathedral and downtown Lisbon."
- Best for Museums Because: The free-to-enter Museu do Aljube-Resistência e Liberdade chronicles the poignant story of the victims of oppression and torture who fought for freedom and democracy.