(Re) Foundations of Lisbon

Free admission

(Re) Foundations of Lisbon

Temporary exhibition that took place between October 16 2015 and May 21 2016.

Pombaline stakes took a prominent place in the imagery of the reconstruction of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake, however there are few specimens accessible to the public. Wrapped in fascination, the stakes - which still support blocks from downtown today - have become an inseparable icon of the landscape of a rational and enlightened Lisbon, but invisible to most of those who pass through it.

In a scenario where specimens visible to the general public are scarce, the archaeological excavation of the Banco de Portugal Headquarters became a rare opportunity to discover and study a significant set of stakes and to display some of the collected specimens. This temporary exhibition gave the city the rare opportunity to uncover a huge set of stakes, which was revealed to the public.

Including some of the documentation produced in the context of archaeological works, this exhibition highlighted the fundamental features of stakes as a functional and symbolic element. An image of excellence of the (re) foundation of Lisbon, hidden under our feet.


Exhibition credits

Arqueólogo Archeologist Artur Rocha

Coordination, exhibition design, education 
Museu do Dinheiro - Departamento de Serviços de Apoio/Banco de Portugal 

Graphic and structural design, audio design, technical support, security 
Departamento de Serviços de Apoio/Banco de Portugal 

Artur Rocha| Arqueohoje

Field drawings
Jessica Reprezas | Arqueohoje

Conservation and restoration

Metalcário, Lda.


(Re) Foundations of Lisbon
Temporary exhibition that took place between 16 October 2015 and 21 May 2016.
Initially, this exhibition was scheduled to end on February 27, 2016, but due to the high interest it was prolonged.

During the course of the exhibition there were visits guided by Archaeologist Artur Rocha.

More information to info@museudodinheiro.pt or +351 213 213 240

Sign up to receive news
from the Money Museum.

Write your email to be up to date with the activities and exhibitions of the Money Museum.

Indication of this field is mandatory.

Thank you.

We have sent you an email to confirm your registration and your email address.

Please click the link in that email to confirm your subscription.
We were unable to subscribe to your email. Please try again later.