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Ricardo Reis

Terrace Suite

The atmosphere at the Palácio Belmonte is of complete “lightness”, freedom, comfort and privacy.”

DANIELA ALESTRA – FIRMA

About the Suite

A double suite with a stunning view to the Tagus river, garden and pool, and an incredible natural light. The bedroom has original “azulejo” tile panels by Master Valentim de Almeida as well as original frescoes. There is a very large living room with a “caixotão” ceiling, a small kitchen and a terrace.
Total area of 90 sqm.

Beds: Double bed
Occupancy: 2 guests
Size: 90 sqm
View: City, Alfama bairro, River, Garden, Pool.

Price: 800,00€/night with complementary breakfast and VAT included (City tax – 1€/person/day not included).
Special holidays: S. Valentines, Easter and Christmas holidays an extra cost of 100€ per suite will be applied.

Who was Ricardo Reis

Ricardo Reis, as a heteronym of Fernando Pessoa: “Reis sums up his philosophy of life in his own words, admonishing: ‘See life from a distance. Never question it. There’s nothing it can tell you.’ Like Caeiro, whom he admires, Reis defers from questioning life. He is a modern pagan who urges one to seize the day and accept fate with tranquility. ‘Wise is the one who does not seek’, he says; and continues: ‘the seeker will find in all things the abyss, and doubt in himself. In this sense Reis shares essential affinities with Caeiro.

Believing in the Greek gods, yet living in a Christian Europe, Reis feels that his spiritual life is limited, and true happiness cannot be attained. This, added to his belief in Fate as a driving force for all that exists, as such disregarding freedom, leads to his epicureanist philosophy, which entails the avoidance of pain, defending that man should seek tranquility and calm above all else, avoiding emotional extremes.

Where Caeiro wrote freely and spontaneously, with joviality, of his basic, meaningless connection to the world, Reis writes in an austere, cerebral manner, with premeditated rhythm and structure and a particular attention to the correct use of the language, when approaching his subjects of, as characterized by Richard Zenith, ‘the brevity of life, the vanity of wealth and struggle, the joy of simple pleasures, patience in time of trouble, and avoidance of extremes’.

In his detached, intellectual approach, he is closer to Fernando Pessoa’s constant rationalization, as such representing the orthonym’s wish for measure and sobriety and a world free of troubles and respite, in stark contrast to Caeiro’s spirit and style. As such, where Caeiro’s predominant attitude is that of joviality, his sadness being accepted as natural (‘My sadness,’ Caeiro says, ‘is a comfort for it is natural and right.’), Reis is marked by melancholy, saddened by the impermanence of all things.”

Ricardo Reis is also the main character of José Saramago’s 1986 novel The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis.

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Tel: (+351) 218 816 600

Email: reservations@palaciobelmonte.com

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