25 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..
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
Portugal 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.