Pessoa Route

Igreja dos Mártires

Point of Interest

Fernando Pessoa was baptised at the old church of Mártires, today the Basílica dos Mártires, on 21st July 1888. The church was built in the 18th century to replace the former Ermida dos Mártires that existed prior to the earthquake of 1755.

Address: Rua Serpa Pinto 10D, 1200-445 Lisbon

Telephone: +351 21 346 2465 / Fax: +351 213 259 562

Getting there: Metro: Baixa Chiado (Blue Line/Green Line), Rossio (Green Line), Restauradores (Blue Line), Cais do Sodré (Green Line), Terreiro do Paço (Blue Line), Martim Moniz (Green Line) / Train: Rossio (Lisbon-Sintra Line), Cais do Sodré (Lisbon-Cascais Line) / Boat: Cais do Sodré Terminal (Lisbon-Cacilhas | Lisbon-Seixal and Lisbon-Montijo), Terreiro do Paço Terminal (Lisbon-Barreiro).

GPS: 38° 42' 37.45'' N 9° 8' 28.99'' W

Website: http://paroquiadosmartires.pt

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-7pm. Saturday and Sunday 10am-7.30pm

Price: free admission

Praça D. João da Câmara

Point of Interest

Present-day Praça D. João da Câmara is mentioned in several poems by Álvaro de Campos, one of Fernando Pessoa’s heteronyms. The author frequented the square where he would meet various writers and his girlfriend, Ofélia Queiroz, who lived there.

Address: Praça D. João da Câmara, 1200-147 Lisbon

Getting there: Metro: Baixa Chiado (Blue Line/Green Line), Rossio (Green Line), Restauradores (Blue Line), Cais do Sodré (Green Line), Terreiro do Paço (Blue Line), Martim Moniz (Green Line) / Train: Rossio (Lisbon-Sintra Line), Cais do Sodré (Lisbon- Cascais Line) / Boat: Cais do Sodré Terminal (Lisbon-Cacilhas | Lisbon-Seixal and Lisbon-Montijo), Terreiro do Paço Terminal (Lisbon-Barreiro).

GPS: 38° 42' 53.08'' N 9° 8' 25.41'' W

Hospital São Luís

Point of Interest

At the end of November 1935, Fernando Pessoa was admitted to hospital suffering from symptoms of biliary colic, dying soon afterwards on 30th of that month. The day before, he wrote his final words in English: “I know not what tomorrow will bring.”

Address: Rua Luz Soriano 182, 1200-249 Lisbon

Telephone: +351 213 216 500 / Fax: +351 213 460 221

Getting there: Metro: Baixa Chiado (Blue Line/Green Line), Rossio (Green Line), Restauradores (Blue Line), Cais do Sodré (Green Line), Terreiro do Paço (Blue Line), Martim Moniz (Green Line) / Train: Rossio (Lisbon-Sintra Line), Cais do Sodré (Lisbon-Cascais Line) / Boat: Cais do Sodré Terminal (Lisbon-Cacilhas | Lisbon-Seixal and Lisbon-Montijo), Terreiro do Paço Terminal (Lisbon-Barreiro).

Website: https://www.hslouis.pt

Email: geral@hslouis.pt

Opening hours: open 24 hours a day

Largo de São Carlos

Point of Interest

It was on the fourth floor of no. 4, facing the Teatro de São Carlos, that the poet was born. The year was 1888. The house can be identified in Largo de São Carlos due to a plaque on the façade and also because of an enormous statue of Pessoa.

Address: Largo de São Carlos

Getting there: Metro: Baixa Chiado (Blue Line/Green Line), Rossio (Green Line), Restauradores (Blue Line), Cais do Sodré (Green Line), Terreiro do Paço (Blue Line), Martim Moniz (Green Line) / Train: Rossio (Lisbon-Sintra Line), Cais do Sodré (Lisbon-Cascais Line) / Boat: Cais do Sodré Terminal (Lisbon-Cacilhas | Lisbon-Seixal and Lisbon-Montijo), Terreiro do Paço Terminal (Lisbon-Barreiro).

GPS: 38° 42' 33.69'' N 9° 8' 30.25'' W

National Library

Point of Interest

An inveterate autodidact, the poet spent hours, days and years amid the books and manuscripts spread along the corridors of the National Library, which was initially located in Chiado. Today, the library is over 100 years old and has a special collection of rare books and writings by Pessoa himself. A treasure worth discovering.

Address: Campo Grande 83, 1749-081 Lisbon

Telephone: +351 21 798 20 00 / Fax: +351 21 798 21 40

Getting there: Bus: 31A, 50, 68, 75, 77, 85, 101, 106 / Metro: Entrecampos (200m), Cidade Universitária (500m) / Train: Entrecampos Station (500m).

GPS: 38°45′4.17″N 9°9′7.89″W

Website: www.bnportugal.pt

Email: bn@bnportugal.pt

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9.30am-7.30pm. Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm.

Price: free admission. For appointments and/or research, a reader’s card is required (price: €3 per week or €12 per year).