Tourist attraction bronze sculpture Pessoa, Portugal’s famous poet and writer (1888-1935) & famous cafe ‘A Brasileira’ Chiado Lisbon
Nowadays lots of tourists walk around in Lisbon’s Chiado area and the elegant shopping area Rua Garrett . The bronze sculpture of Portugal’s famous writer and poet Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), is very popular.
Lisbon 2011: Fernando Pessoa, kissed by a young girl 75 years after his death , Cafe ‘A Brasileira’
Famous cafe ‘A Brasileira’ ’s terrace in Lisbon (Rua Garrett 120) is a real tourist attraction. Poet Fernando Pessoa once was a regular customer. His table in bronze was created by Lagoa Henriques. But who was Fernando Pessoa?
Famous old cafe ‘A Brasileira’ (‘The Brazilian’, opened in 1905) Lisbon, Rua Garrett
Pessoa was largely unknown in Portugal until after his death in 1935. The man has no idea he’s mobbed by lots of tourists, all day long! Enjoying a coffee we took some pictures..
…..5 minutes later….
…….10 minutes later….
….15 minutes later……
Sculpture poet Fernando Pessoa Lisbon & Dutch admirer Hans
‘The best way to travel is to feel’ Pessoa wrote, ‘so feel everything in every possible way.’ Pessoa was born in Lisbon in a flat in Largo de São Carlos (1888). Apart from his high school years which he spent with his mother and half brothers in South Africa, he lived in Lisbon without a break, without taking public holidays, without traveling abroad. He did so with the help of heteronyms, inventing many lives (and cities) out of his own, spent between the Chiado area, where he lived.
Quality Restaurant Martinho da Arcade, Lisbon. Pessoa’s table is still there…
Pessoa spent a lot of his time in cafes (like Cafe Martinho da Arcada, where he wrote and drank a lot . He died in 1935, aged 47.
Drawing Fernando Pessoa, Travessa do Sequiero Lisbon
“Acordar”, poem by Álvaro de Campos, one of Fernando Pessoa’s various ‘heteronyms’ (imaginary characters).
“Acordar da cidade de Lisboa mais tarde do que as outras
Acordar da Rua do Ouro
Acordar do Rossio, as portas dos cafés
E no meio de tudo a gare, que nunca dorme
Como um coração que tem que pulsar através de vigilia e do sono”
“The waking up of Lisbon, later than other cities
The waking up of Rua do Ouro
The waking up of Rossio Square, at the doors of its cafes
And in the middle of it all the train station, which never rests
Like a heart that has to beat in both waking and sleeping hours”
Rua Primeiro de Dezembro, April 2009