Casa da Cerca – Contemporary Art Centre
- Vasco Lopes
- (1993 (reab.))
The Casa da Cerca occupies a former recreational farm from the 18th century, transformed into a contemporary museum and art centre in 1993. It is located almost at the top of the cliff overlooking the Tagus River, and offers some of the most beautiful views over Lisbon. The Quinta da Cerca fits into a lineage of traditional recreational farms, and is the city’s largest and most iconic example of 18th century Portuguese civil architecture, with its U-shaped plan, and simple, linear facades. It is broadly accepted that its name is associated with its proximity to an old city wall, built for the town’s defence in the Middle Ages. The Botanical Garden was inaugurated in 2001, and adopted as a reference the typical language of the recreational farms, acknowledging the property’s former function. The greenhouse and gardens foster plants that produce some substances still used in art materials, bridging the museum with the garden, in a perfect symbiosis between nature, science and art.
Rua da Cerca, Almada
Subway: Cacilhas (barco)