AN ITINERARY FOR PESSOA
Places where he lived
1888 — Largo de São Carlos, no. 4-4th Flr Left side. — House where Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was born, on June 13th 1888. There is a memorial tablet there. The building belongs to the bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos, it was classified by the Instituto de Gestão do Património (Institute of Heritage Management), restored and rented.
1888 — July 21st — Church of the Martyrs, in Chiado, where he was baptized.
S. Carlos Theater (formerly S. Carlos Royal Theatre), where the poet often went. His father, Joaquim de Seabra Pessoa, was a civil servant and music critic for the newspaper Diário de Notícias.
1893-1896 — Rua de São Marçal, no. 104-3rd Flr — Following his father’s death in July 1893, his mother, Maria Magdalena Pinheiro Nogueira, and her children, move to a more humble home at this same address, where his brother would also die, at the tender age of one. It might’ve been here that at the age of seven Fernando Pessoa wrote his first verses, “To my mummy”.
Here I am in Portugal
In January 1896 Fernando Pessoa and his family move to Durban, South Africa, from where he permanently returned in August 1905. During that time he does return to Portugal for holidays in August 1901, temporarily staying in a house, the exact door number is unknown, on a street perpendicular to the Rua Direita, in Pedrouços.
On September 1902 they return to Durban, where his siblings, Henriqueta Magdalena, Magdalena Henriqueta and Luís Miguel were born.
1905 — Permanently returning to Portugal alone, he moves into his aunt Maria Cunha’s house in Pedrouços.
1905 — Rua de São Bento, no. 19-2nd Floor Left. At this address he lived with his Aunt Anica, his mother’s sister.
1906 — Moves to Calçada da Estrela, no. 100-1st Floor with his step-father, mother and siblings, who were on holidays in Lisbon, the house where his sister Maria Clara died.
1907 — When his family return to Durban he goes to live with his grandmother Dionísia and his maternal aunts on Rua da Bela Vista à Lapa, no. 17-1st Floor, and sets up the company “Empresa íbis — Tipográfica e Editora” (Editing and Typography), on Rua da Conceição da Glória, 38 and 49.
1907 – Hotel Brito in Portalegre, where he spent a few days.
1908 — Begins working for commercial offices as a foreign correspondent and moves to Rua da Glória, no. 4, ground floor. That same year he moves to a rented room in Largo do Carmo no. 18-1st Floor.
1914 —Aunt Anica and Fernando Pessoa move to Rua Pascoal de Melo, no. 119-3rd Floor-Right.
1915-1916 — When his Aunt Anica’s departs to Switzerland, he rents a room at the house of a woman who irons clothes for a living, in Rua D. Estefânia, no. 127-ground floor Right.
1916-1917 —Frequently moves from rented room to rented room from Rua Antero de Quental, to Rua Almirante Barroso, no. 12, in Estefânia (above a dairy from the Alentejo) and still to Rua Cidade da Horta, no. 48 or 54, 1st Floor Left (at Mr. Sengo’s house)
1917-1918 — Moves to a rented room on Rua Bernardim Ribeiro, no. 11-1st Floor.
1918 — Moves to Rua St. António dos Capuchos, near Campo de Santana (rented room).
1919/1920 — Lives in Benfica: Alto da Boa Vista and later on Av. Gomes Pereira, also in rented room.
1920-1935 — His mother and siblings return to Portugal in 1920 and Fernando Pessoa moves in with them – to an apartment on Rua Coelho da Rocha, no. 16-1st Floor Right in Campo de Ourique. This is his last known address, where he would remain for fifteen years, until the time of his death.
1935 — He is taken to hospital on November 29th and dies on November 30th at 20h30, in Hospital de S. Luís dos Franceses, Rua Luz Soriano, no. 182.
1935 — Prazeres Cemetery. Rua 1, Direita, no. 4371 – He is buried on December 2nd, and the poet’s body is laid in his grandmother’s burial vault.
1985 — Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Fernando Pessoa’s mortal remains are moved to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.
Rua da Prata. At No. 267-1st Right. He was a correspondent for Lavado, Pinto & Co. Ltd., from 1913 to 1915.
Campo das Cebolas, no. 43-1st Floor at the office of A. Xavier Pinto & Co. Fernando Pessoa received most of his personal correspondence at this address between the years of 1915 and 1917.
Largo D. João da Câmara, near Rossio. Café Martinho, where many meetings of the Orpheu group were held. This establishment, appearing around the same time as the Passeio Público, was taken over by a banking agency in 1969.
Praça do Comércio, no. 3 — Martinho da Arcada, or Café da Arcada, name it went by in those days.
Rua Garrett 120 to 122 — A Brasileira (Chiado). Established in 1905.
Rua dos Douradores — Restaurant Pessoa, where the poet usually ate his lunch in 1913.