BELÉM | DEMOLITION SETS THE STAGE – Exhibition16 February 2020 - 17 May 2020
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5.30pm) until the 1st of March
from the 1st of March until the 17th of May, everyday, from 10am to 7pm (last entry 6.30pm)
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About this event
In 1940, the Exhibition of the Portuguese World and Belém seemed like they were one and the same thing. The place helped to tell the nation’s history: the Jerónimos Monastery, the Tagus river, Afonso de Albuquerque Square, the Belém Tower. The vast event took over the neighbourhood, as if Belém did not exist, apart from the Exhibition.
Estado Novo announced impressive transformations to those vacant lots, capable of welcoming such a large festivity. But what was this place like before 1940? What place did it become after the Exhibition? What was the role of this event in Belém’s urban path?