Museu do Aljube | Fighting against the dictatorship
Lisbon, being a cosmopolitan city, has many cultural offers. From churches, to roman or medieval monuments and to museums, there is a wide range of things to do in Lisbon. On the next 3rd of December, our Portuguese language school will organize a guided visit to Museu do Aljube | Resistência e Liberdade.
Museu do Aljube is the only museum in Lisbon with a historical approach connected to the Portuguese dictatorship. Since 1926 until 1974, there was a dictatorship in Portugal. This historical period lasted much of the Portuguese history of the 20th century hence, it’s important to know it.
Indira Leão, our history teacher, will accompany us during the guided visit. It will take 1h30 and will be held in Portuguese by a museum guide.
The building of Aljube, an Arabic word for jail, dates back to the Roman and Islamic period. It was usually a prison: ecclesiastical prison, women’s prison, and finally political prison from 1928 to 1965.
Over four floors, the museum addresses the rise and fall of fascism, providing a brief history of Portugal between 1890 and 1976. It also shows examples of what was censorship of the media and the book and record production during the dictatorship (1926-1974). Aljube equally emphasizes the anti-fascist fight, exposing the lives of men and women who fought against fascism. Besides, there is a part of the visit, which may be rough for the most sensitive people. It’s related to the tortures inflicted by the political police (PIDE/DGS) to the political prisoners. In this short film, you’ll watch an arrest and torture process of political prisoner.
After the guided visit, we’ll go to a coffee shop.