Official guide to the 1940 Exhibition of the Portuguese World
The itinerary to follow
You should begin your visit at the main entrance, which is located at Praça Afonso de Albuquerque.
The Pavilion of the Foundation is directly in front of you (1). Go to the first floor and cross the Gates of the Foundation Bridge, which will take you to the Education and Conquest Pavilion (2).
Next, cross over the main entrance and go to the Independence Pavilion (3), which is next to the three great arches.
In front of you as you leave this pavilion you will see the Discoveries Pavilion (4) and after it the Great Dome (5).
Having completed this part of the visit, you again cross the Gates of the Foundation Bridge and continue on down to the opposite side and continue your visit in the following order:
- Brazil Pavilion (6)
- Colonisation Pavilion (7) — door on the right of the main building
- Lisbon Pavilion (9) — entrance facing the statue of St Anthony
Continuing, you can visit the House of St Anthony (8) and the Commercial and Industrial Zone.
Returning again to Imperial Square, at the axis of which is the main entrance to the Pavilion of Honour (9); you can go through this and take advantage of the fact you are close to the Colonial Section to take the time to visit it. If you would rather leave this for another time, then cross Imperial Square and visit the Hieronymites Monastery (10), where you can visit the exhibitions on cartography and the Portuguese in Spain.
You should then visit the three sections of the Portuguese in the World Pavilion (11), which should be visited in the following order:
- Colonial Brazil (north entrance, beside the monastery)
- Portuguese in the World (main entrance, behind the Sovereignty statue)
- Portugal 1940 (southern entrance), on the side of Imperial Square.
Upon exiting, pass behind the Portuguese in the World Pavilion and you will come across the Railways, Ports and Telecommunications (Post, Telegraph and Telephone) Pavilion behind it (14).
Passing through the Portuguese Villages and ending this route, you cross the bridge over the west entrance, passing through the children’s play area and the Poets’ Garden (15), and continue your visit to the People’s Life Section (16), in which the following pavilions can be found:
- Land and Sea
- Art and Industries
At the end of this route you will find the Monument to the Discoveries and the Frigate Portugal (20).
Access to the Colonial Ethnography Section is by the bridge next to the monastery or by the funicular.
Having crossed the path that connects Imperial Square to the garden enclosure you enter one of the main thoroughfares, the India Road (L), which ends in a reconstruction of homes and gardens of Oriental Portugal. On the left as you enter is the information booth (J). Next to it the visitor can examine the Guinea Pavilion (I), the Islands Pavilion (Cape Verde, S. Tomé and Príncipe and Timor) and the Indigenous Art Pavilion (H).
To the right, while following the India Road, the visitors will see villages of the indigenous people of Angola and the house constructed for housing the king of Portuguese Congo.
Directly ahead, and having examined the group of oriental homes in which the representation of Portuguese India is housed, you can then visit the Angola and Mozambique Pavilion (B). In front there is the pavilion constructed by the national broadcaster (Emissora Nacional) from which it will, during the ‘half hour of longing’, transmit shortwave broadcasts of events as they happen during the exhibition and celebration.
Around this is the Colonial House (C), in which are housed the management and administration offices of the Ethnographic Section.
Continuing, you will see the greenhouses containing tropical plants and a group of pavilions containing colonial raw materials (O), installed by the guilds, private businesses and the Bank of Angola.
It would be worthwhile, in order to better organise your visit, to head towards the small woodland in which an oriental style pavilion has been constructed, then turning right to view the ornamental elephant alongside which has been installed a reproduction of the Kiola Pagoda tower (from Portuguese India) and a pavilion constructed by the Lisbon Colonial Centre in order to advertise the coffee and cocoa that comes from the islands of S. Tome and Principe.
On climbing the stairs you are led onto a large garden, Ultramar Square, in which is located the Hunting and Tourism Pavilion (D).
Turning right and going downhill, you follow the Macau Road on which has been recreated a busy street typical of the Portuguese city in China.
Carrying on and passing under the arch you turn left where you can view a group of houses typical of Cape Verde and a Timorese village.
Turning left again, you will pass in front of the Momument to Portugal’s Expansion in the World (E), where pavilions in which you can taste Portuguese teas and coffees have been constructed in the esplanades before you (M).
Next to this is the Mozambique village, and further on the Colonial Restaurant (K), which serves typical meals prepared by Chinese and African cooks.
Continuing ahead, you can visit the Catholic Missions Pavilion (A) which is surrounded by native Angolan and Guinean villages.
By following this itinerary on your visit to the Ethnographic Section you will observe the installations that have been placed in the Colonial Garden without missing any part of it.
Transport to and from the exhibition
Discounted transport is provided by the Companhias dos Caminhos de Ferris, Carris de Lisboa, Grémio dos Transportes automóveis and Empresas de Transportes Fluviais.
Transportation within the exhibition grounds is provided by taxis, miniature trains and a funicular.
|Opening days and festivals||5 escudos|
|General admittance||2.5 escudos|
|General admittance with access to the funfair||3.5 escudos|
|Popular days and groups of more than 200 people||1.5 escudos|
|Groups of 50-200 people||2 escudos|
|Book of 10 tickets with access to the funfair||30 escudos|
|Book of 30 tickets||60 escudos|
|Season ticket||200 escudos|
|Children and school groups||50 per cent discount|
Books of tickets
Foreign visitors and those who live outside Lisbon can purchase books of tickets, which in addition to allowing entrance, also contain discount vouchers, at railway stations and travel agencies.
During the exhibition a number of historical, military, colonial, maritime, ethnographic, folk and fireworks festivals will be organised, the dates of which will be announced in the Boletim da Exposição.
In order to facilitate such excursions, a large hostel capable of housing around 550 people has been established at the Quinta do Cadaval. The cost per night (three meals and a bed) is 13 escudos. Private rooms are 15 escudos.
In order to provide visitors and tourists with information on all of the centenary commemorations taking place throughout the country, the National Propaganda Secretariat’s Tourism Service has established the following posts: two within the exhibition, one in the Portuguese Villages windmill and one on the bridge at the Cascais entrance.
Other information points have been established at Cais do Sodré, the Terreiro do Paço, Rossio, Largo D. João de Camara, the hall of the Diário de Notícias building and at Duque de Saldanha. In Oporto an information point has been set up on the Avenida dos Aliados. All of these information points will be able to answer any queries with respect to accommodation.
These are available in the Posts and Telegraphs Pavilion
Providing lunches, dinners, snacks, tea and coffee; Pavilion of Honour; the warship Portugal; Colonial Section; Mirror of Water; Portuguese Villages; Funfair. The best hotels and restaurants in Lisbon and throughout the country will be represented within the Official Information Pavilion, where all your questions will be answered.
Have been installed throughout the exhibition in order to regulate the position of cars and vans within their respective areas and to make announcements about lost children or property, group meeting points, etc., etc.
Other useful information
The exhibition opens at 9am. The official section closes at midnight. The funfair will remain open until 2.30am.
At the entrances to the Central Pavilion are information points that will tell the visitor all they need to know.
All of the public utilities, such as the fire brigade, police, medical services, etc. have posts throughout the exhibition zone.
|Gulbenkian Foundation's gallery of contemporary photos of the exhibition.|
|Our gallery of the Colonial Section as it looks now|