The thirties of the twentieth century changed the church of S. Julião. At the beginning of the decade, it was desecrated and passed to Banco de Portugal. In 1936, it almost ceased to exist, when architect Pardal Monteiro sketched a visionary project with a modernist trait that would forever alter the Bank's headquarters block. However, the project did not see the light of day.
The history of S. Julião and the hyper-realistic model that Pardal Monteiro had produced to shape his vision - which will be exhibited for the first time at the Museu do Dinheiro - are glimpses of the truly modern cultural and artistic context of Lisbon in the thirties.
In the spirit of the time, from October to January 2020 you can dance or listen to jazz on the great nave of São Julião. On the holiday of November 1st, we will tell chilling stories for the whole family about the 1755 earthquake. On the big screen we pay tribute to the modernity and the vision of personalities that have changed the way we inhabit the big cities. And in the seminars we return to the stories about “the archeologies” of Lisbon.
But in this program we want to go further with the visitors, go out to the streets, wander around downtown, feel the city and the architecture in an artistic proposal, in the form of walking, guided by Leonor Keil and Tiago Barbosa by the Silence Theater.
All because, as Almada Negreiros said, "being modern is like being elegant: it is not a way of dressing, but a way of being."