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“For Fado Fans” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Fundacao Amalia Rodrigues Casa Museu

Fundacao Amalia Rodrigues Casa Museu
Rua de Sao Bento 193, Lisbon, Portugal (Mercês)
21 397 1896
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“For Fado Fans”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Amalia Rodrigues was the biggest singer in Portugal. She was the queen of the fado, the style of singing which is sad and melancholy. She died in 1999. During her day, she was the queen of song of Portugal, and she knew the most important people of the country. She was the most international of the singing stars. Her home in the Barrio Alto is now a museum. It is typically Portuguese, and you can see her dresses and jewelry. What is interesting is what she collected from around the world, and the way she decorated her house, in an old style. It is crammed with her collections of knick-knacks, and one could say it is overcrowded.

Visited September 2012
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“Fundação Amália Rodrigues”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

This marvellous and unique place in Lisbon was the house where the portuguese Diva of Fado music, Amália Rodrigues, lived, from the summer of 1955 till the day of her death, 6th October 1999. Amalia was and still is the VOICE of PORTUGAL. She's beloved by her own people but also by foreigners from all over the world that are impressed by her voice and want to pay a visit to her fantastic house. The house can be visited from Thursday's to Sunday, but it's closed on Mondays! Inside the house you can find all the personal objects from Amalia and visit her bedroom, the magnificient living room, the dining room and some other parts of the house, full of portuguese furniture, paintings, and the most important....Amalia's soul and voice! . Don't hesitate and go there, cause a visit to Lisbon without an Amalia's house guided visit is not complete! Enjoy!

Visited June 2012
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“Inner sanctum !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Firstly ( when you are going up or down the Chiado area ), pay attention to the voice, coming from an old van selling Fado CDs. You will be thrilled by THAT voice - THE voice. The voice is so magic that did not fit in Fado only. Amalia has vast repertoire of all kinds of Portuguese folk songs, as well as Flamenco, Chansons, Tarantellas, Sambas and also American standards ( her rendition of "Summertime" is outstanding. Then you visit the house where she lived for almost half a century. Everyhting has been preserved and, yes, you may think she is just about entering the room. Not to be missed. You will then understand why there is only one Amalia.

Visited April 2012
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“More Fado ? ... Good God ! ... NOOOOOO !”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

What went wrong , you may ask ? ... Simply there are Portuguese who distaste Fado . And no ... NO ! The Fado is not , wasn't , never will be the Portuguese song ! There's no such thing as that .
Let me inform you that Fado is a reminescense of the very old sorrow chantings sang and wept by the Moors , after D. Afonso Henriques , with the Crusados , conquered Lisbon .
And by the way : I'm Portuguese .

Visited March 2012
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“If you love fado”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

First of all I'm a big fan of Amalia Rodrigues her music, her style of performing and her contribution to (fado) music. I think this is the most important reason why we went to see her house and how she lived. We were just the two of us and the only people for a English tour, so we got a 'private' tour through the house with a English speaking guide. Don't expect too much of it: it's a short tour from about 20-30 minutes and the explanation is not superb but I liked to see the house where she lived, her bedroom, her living room.... it's just like it was and that was just lovely. U also can buy cd's and postcards of Amalia there. Entrance fee was 5 euro each.

Visited March 2012
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