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|Form of government||Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic|
|Size in km²||91470|
|Year of construction||1598 / 1999|
|Architect||Baltazar Alvares (PS)/ Fernando Távora (PS, ext)|
The Palácio de São Bento, "Saint Benedict's Palace", is the home of the Assembly of the Republic, the Portuguese parliament. It is located in Lisbon. Close to Bairro Alto, the Palace of São Bento has historically been the seat of the former Portuguese parliaments, such the National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional) during the Estado Novo regime, the Congress of the Republic during the First Republic, and the Cortes during the Constitutional Monarchy. Nearby is the official residence of Portugal's Prime Minister.
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Once a Benedictine monastery, "São Bento Palace" houses the Assembly of the Republic. The once even more stately structure was severely damaged in the earthquake of 1755 and later nationalised when religious orders were expelled. A fire in 1895 led to the palace's restructuring in the neoclassical style, the stairs with the two marble lions flanking it were added in 1941. Today, the prime minister's office is situated in the rear of the building.
Facts & Figures
|Members of parliament||230||GPD per capita in PPP in US$||28.393|
|Number of women||80||HDI||0,830|
|Pop. per MP||44.999||Democracy index||7,79|
|CO2 total||48.255||CO2 per capita||4,50|