What is the Casa do Passal?

Casa do Passal is an imposing mansion in the town of Cabanas de Viriato in the province of Beira Alta in North Central Portugal. Built in the 19th century, it was the property of the Sousa Mendes family until it was forfeited to the bank in the 1950′s. The house has remained unoccupied ever since, and has deteriorated to the point where it will require both structural repairs and extensive interior renovation.

The home was reacquired in 2001, and it is now the family’s most ardent dream and desire to repair the home and transform it into a memorial museum to perpetuate the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and the Holocaust. Interfaith supporters of this cause throughout the world, including those in the Jewish communities, Portuguese communities, and others, are eager to see the realization of this longstanding dream fulfilled.

Casa do Passal

Casa do Passal seen from the back

Casa do Passal

Casa do Passal



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