US Today features Lisbon’s Museu do Aljube that opened in Salazar’s torture chamber in 2015

25 April 1974, Lisbon.jpg25 de Abril

Esta é a madrugada que eu esperava
O dia inicial inteiro e limpo
Onde emergimos da noite e do silêncio
E livres habitamos a substãncia do tempo

This is the dawn I was expecting
The whole initial day is clean
Where we emerge from the night and from silence
And free we inhabit the substance of time

Sophia de Mello Breyner Andersen, O Nome das Coisas /The Name of Things


I am neither a history nerd nor a museum fanatic. But for strange reasons I find the history from my own life time very interesting. Especially if the “history” just out side my door…

For the last 3 years I have been very curious about the horrors that took place behind  the wall of the anonymous  building in Rua de Augusto Rosa 42, just before Se when you come down from Graca – the former prison (or Salazar’s torture chamber) that opened in January 2015 as Museu Do Aljube (Museum of Resistance and Liberation).

Yesterday the museum was featured in US Today 10 Best. We used the occasion to go visit the museum…

Its definitely worth a visit..




Museu do Aljube is part of the Spies Walking Tour that topped The Guardian’s The Best of Lisbon: Reader’s Traveltips earlier this year


Lisbon’s Museu do Aljube: Showcasing the Struggle for Democracy.

From fascism to freedom, this city center museum chronicles a dark chapter in Portugal’s past

usatoday10bestPortugal under dictatorship and the long struggle for freedom and democracy are the themes behind a compelling and thought-provoking permanent exhibition at the Museu do Aljube – Resistência e Liberdade (usually shortened to Museu do Aljube), sited near Lisbon’s Castelo neighborhood.

This fairly new, free-to-enter museum, housed within the former Aljube prison facility, stands as a poignant reminder of a dark and sinister chapter in the country’s history.

But its real sense of purpose is acknowledging the bravery and determination shown by those opposed to the dictatorial regime – and the enormous risks involved in doing so.

By Lisbon Local Expert Paul Bernhardt in US Today, November 20 2016


I found this rare footage from 25 April in The Internet Archive – now I have an occasion to share it.

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