São Bento Palace, the seat of the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic, is a landmark building in Lisbon, having its origin as a Benedictine monastery in 1598 that has gone through multiple renovations over the centuries, serving as the home of the Portuguese Parliament since 1834. Thanks to the initiative of our Board Member Mercedes Gallis and Member of Parliament (and of the American Club) Isabel Meireles, we will be able, after a lunch in the Parliament Members’ dining room, to have a guided tour in English, including the grandiose interior of the neoclassical building, from the cloisters dating from the 16th Century to the Noble Staircase leading to eight doorways representing the eight provinces of Portugal of the time, to the actual Parliament Hall opened in 1903 after a fire destroyed the first Chamber of Deputies, and then on to the garden, weather permitting.
Our special American Club visit will begin on Tuesday, December 6 at 1:00pm with lunch in the Members dining room, followed by the guided visit of the Palace, ending at about 4:30pm.
Cost of the event is 30€ for Members, 40€ for non-members. You can register at:
The number of attendees will be limited, so sign up quickly for what will no doubt be a delightful and interesting afternoon.
With best regards,