season greetings

merry christmas and happy new year all around the world. see you in 2013.

view from my office window with a well identified flying object
view from my office window with a well identified flying object



around ccb

monument to discoveries
monument to discoveries

ccb suroundings

Near to CCB stands the magnificent jeronimos monastery. The church and cloister are from the 1500’s. From the church’s western entrance there is an endless aisle, built on the 19th century. It holds a museum of archaeology (very interesting) and the Maritime Museum with a Planetarium. This museum holds an extraordinary collection of models and objects related with the Portuguese expansion. unfortunately the building is not as iconic as it should be regarding Portugal’s past. On the east end of Belem monumental area, millions of euros are being now spent in a new building for the carriages museum…

The maritime museum snack bar is expensive and lousy. It is advisable for the tourist to walk ten minutes towards West to Jardim da Princesa square  and look for the Goan restaurant nearby.

after lunch in beholding the maritime museum
after lunch beholding the maritime museum

with the students at ccb

Belem Cultural Centre was built to host Portugal’s first presidency of the EU. It was designed by Vittorio Gregoti and Manuel Salgado with interiors by Daciano da Costa. The building closes a square/park in front of Jeronimos monastery. Nowadays it hosts the Berardo Collection, one of the world more relevant contemporary art collection, a conference centre, two theatres and several galleries and shops.

It looks like a cliff with brown stones maniacal of the same size. The pattern of the stones and the orthogonal structure of patios an inner squares makes a perfect machine to teach perspective. So I go there every semester with my students.