The Hospital Real de Todos-os-Santos (All Saints Royal Hospital) was a major hospital in Lisbon, Portugal. In 1492, after obtaining papal approval, King John II ordered the construction of the hospital as part of a Royal campaign to centralise the health assistance of the most important cities of the Kingdom into general hospitals. The Hospital was finished in 1504, during the reign of King Manuel I. It could house up to 250 patients.

It was destroyed in the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and only partially rebuilt. Eventually, it was abandoned and demolished in 1775 but in 1960 an archaeological excavation in central Lisbon reveled the location of the Hospital. Irisalva Moita was the archaeologist responsible for the excavation and it was considered the first urban archaeology project in Portugal.

Artist: Guida Casell

Cartoon og the history of Hospital Real de Todos-os-Santos

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