Cultural Center of Belém
The Cultural Center CCB, is the largest building in Portugal, with 140,000 m² cultural facilities. It was initially built to accommodate the European Presidency. Nowadays it works for conferences, exhibitions and artistic venues (such as opera, ballet and symphony concerts), in addition to political and research congresses, high security meeting halls, and a 7,000 m² exhibition area.
The work started in July 1989 and it was finished in a very short period of time (1989–1992). It’s designed and aligned with the Jerónimos Monastery intentionally and consists of structural blocks with courtyards and “patio-squares” that interconnect the three structures. There are many appealing cafés and restaurants throughout the center, as galleries and shops and all year musical events and concerts
Cultural Center of Belém – CCB
The complex, sponsored by the Belém Cultural Foundation, offers specialized seminars and instruction in many areas of fine arts and cultural studies, it won the International Stone Architecture Award at the Verona Fair back in 1993.