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Espaço Memória dos Exílios



Located in the centre of Estoril, on the top floor of the post office, this space with a museum character, aims to evoke the essential memory of one of the most striking features of the recent history of the county: to represent a place of refuge, waiting and passage for thousands of exiles and refugees in the context of the various European conflicts.
 
Between 1936 and 1955, with particular emphasis on the period of the Second World War (1939-1945), statesmen, kings without a throne, writers, artists, thinkers, spies, businessmen, and also thousands of anonymous people found a place of refuge at the so-called Costa do Sol, on the axis of Cascais-Estoril, punctuated by a significant network of hotels and hostels and all kinds of resources connected to a seaside resort.
 
The Espaço Memória dos Exílios (Memorial Space of the Exiles), opened in 1999 in a building dating from 1942 and designed by the modernist architect Adelino Nunes, recreates the atmosphere of these decades, through a permanent exhibition centre consisting of archival material, photographs, objects and time reference material .
 
This space was created based on an extensive documentary fund existing in the Arquivo Histórico Municipal de Cascais (Cascais Municipal Historical Archives), consisting of more than 60 thousand accommodation bulletins from foreigners in hotels and photographs.
 
In addition to the nucleus for the permanent exhibition, Espaço Memória dos Exílios (Memorial Space of the Exiles) is made up of an auditorium, an area for temporary exhibitions and a library specialised in 20th Century History and the topic of the Exiled.
 
Timetable: 
 Mondays to Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

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