Ricardo Reis

Terrace Suite

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


The Suite

An inspiring double suite with a renowned bedroom decorated with original Portuguese ‘azulejo’ tile panels by the Master Valentim de Almeida, and original pastel coloured frescoes hand painted on the walls. The bedroom is located in the “alcove” of the palace, with an exceptional sense of privacy and intimacy. The suite has a very large living room with “caixotao” ceiling and big windows that allow incredible natural light into the suite. The charming white tile bathroom has a bathtub with a view, and a private terrace overlooks the garden offering stunning views over Alfama and the river Tejo. Area: 90 sqm.

Beds: Double Bed or Two Singles
Bathroom: Bathtub with Handheld Shower
Occupancy: 2 Guests
Size: 90 sqm
View: City, Alfama Neighborhood, River, Garden, Pool

Price: 900,00€/night with complementary breakfast and VAT included (City tax – 2€/person/day not included)

Special holidays: Saint Valentines, Easter and Christmas holidays an extra cost of 100€ per suite will be applied

Ricardo Reis

Ricardo Reis was a heteronym created by 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.
Ricardo Reis was a Portuguese doctor born in Oporto in 1887. He supposedly studied at a boarding school run by Jesuits in which he received a classical education. He was an amateur latinist and poet; politically a monarchist, he went into exile to Brazil after the defeat of a monarchical rebellion against the Portuguese Republic in 1919. Ricardo Reis reveals his Epicureanism and Stoicism in the “Odes by Ricardo Reis”, published by Pessoa in 1924, in his literary journal Athena. Since Pessoa didn’t determine the death of Reis, one can assume that he survived his author who died in 1935. Ricardo Reis is also the main character of José Saramago’s 1986 novel ‘The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis’.
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. Reis is marked by melancholy, saddened by the impermanence of all things.

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