Casa dos Bicos (House of the Beaks/Spikes) in Lisbon. The house, built in the early 16th century in the Alfama neighbourhood, has a curious façade

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of spikes, influenced by Italian Renaissance palaces and Portuguese Manueline styles. It survived the disastrous 1755 Lisbon earthquake that destroyed much of the city, but over time was abandoned as a residence and used as a warehouse. After a 20th-century renovation, it became the headquarters of the José Saramago (writer) Foundation. Lisbon, Portugal