Discover the Museu do Aljube – Resistência e Liberdade whose name belies its aim: to remember and document the struggle against Portugal’s dictatorship.
As its name implies, the Museu do Aljube – Resistência e Liberdade is an activist museum with a clear purpose: to remember and document the struggle against the dictatorship which governed Portugal from 1926 to 1974. Represented here is resistance in the name of freedom and democracy, a tribute to all those who fought and risked their lives during the years of continuous struggle and for which they were often persecuted and denounced. Housed in the Aljube building, which dates back to the Moorish era, its name means “dry well”, “cistern”, “dungeon” and “prison” – a role which it almost always fulfilled. It was a political prison from 1928 to 1965 and has now seen its purpose reversed, examining in an informed and informative manner the ways in which fascism was resisted and fought against. It’s worth learning more about this period in Portugal’s recent history.