Discover the Portuguese Photography Centre

At the old Cadeia da Relação building, you’ll find contemporary photography exhibitions from both Portuguese and foreign artists. The socio-political exhibitions are the best ones. At the permanent one, you’ll get a chance to see a great variety of cameras belonging to the Portuguese Photography Centre Museum (Centro Português de Fotografia – CPF). This grand former prison and courthouse were designed by Eugénio dos Santos, one of the architects who oversaw the rebuilding of downtown Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake. It’s a fine example of the style of the period, full of interesting architectural details, but also fascinating for the way spaces were designed for different classes of prisoners, who were divided by not only gender and type of crime but also social status.

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