The small district of Chiado stretches out west of the Baixa until the Bairro Alto. A large part of the district was severely damaged by the fire of 1998, which burst out from a shop and spread all around. The narrow streets and lanes of the borough made the work of firemen very difficult. After 10 years, Chiado is starting a cultural and artistic renaissance. Here stand the São Carlos theatre, Trindade theatre, the archaeological museum do Carmo and the Museu do Chiado.
The heart of the borough is the area between Rua Garrett and Praça Luis de Camões. The square is dominated by the bronze statue of the famous Portuguese poet Camões, lying opposite the statue of another immortal literate Pessoa, who is represented sitting at the caffè A Brasileira.
Igreja e Museu Arqueológico do Carmo
Largo do Carmo
Winter opening time: Mon-sat .: 10 am-17pm
Summer opening time: Mon-sat .: 10 am-18pm
Museu Nacional de Arte Contempôranea do Chiado
Rua Serpa Pinto, 4
Portuguese works from Romanticism to Modernism are collected in this old biscuits factory, readapted by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.
Opening times: Tue.-Sun.: 10 am -18 pm Full ticket € 4,00; Half rate ticket for young people between 14-25, adults over 65, children under 14, and Young Card holders: € 2,00 Young Card holders: € 1,60. Free admission for children under14. Web: www.museudochiado-ipmuseus.pt
Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
Rua Serpa Pinto, 9
The old Opera House now converted into a theatre has seen the performances of great interpreters. The neoclassical façade of 1792 is made up of arcades, Doric columns and terraces reminding of the San Carlo theatre in Naples.