Augusto Vítor dos Santos, a Lisbon’s lawyer built in 1896 the house that is today home to House-Museu Medeiros de Almeida. The building remained in the Santos family until 1921, when it was sold to Eduardo Guedes de Sousa. Later in the 20’s, the building was sold to the State of Vatican, to install the Papal (apostolic) Nunciature, represented in Portugal by the Archbishop of Tarso, Pedro Ciriaci.
In 1943, António Medeiros e Almeida acquires the building and after remodeling, converted the house to his private residence.
In the early seventies, Medeiros e Almeida left the House-Museum to exhibit his decorative arts collection, enlarging the building towards the garden and moving to the house next door, where he lived until the end of life.
The first to import cars and airplanes into Portugal, entrepreneur António Medeiros e Almeida’s passion for art led him to create this foundation. Renowned for the line ‘I’d rather beg, than sell or live without my art collection’, his pieces include European paintings, English and Portuguese silver, Chinese porcelain, furniture, rugs, sculpture, glass, jewelry (dating back to the 17th century), clocks and watches.
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