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CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
Centro Cultural de Belém, which closes off one side of the Praça do
Império, is located in Lisbon's most renowned historic area. The
setting and architecture of the zone are unmatched in the city: in the
background the Tagus estuary; Belém Tower; Jerónimos Monastery; the
Maritime Museum; the Planetarium; the Coach Museum; and a precious
group of restored 16th century dwellings.
While focusing on the cultural aspect, Centro Cultural de Belém has
not neglected its parallel vocation as a meeting place for conferences
and congresses. Its Conference Centre, provided with an excellent
auditorium and service complex, is able to offer close, dynamic links
to the most varied corporate and professional sectors.
A symbol of Portuguese modernity, CCB presently consists of separate
though complementary nuclei, in keeping with a modular concept
providing the maximum possible flexibility and functionality: the
Conference Center, the Performing Arts Center, the Exhibition Center,
and the Pedagogic and Entertainment Center
Interspeech'2005 will take place in the Conference Center, which
includes a modern and vast set of auditoria, halls and foyers, with
sophisticated equipment, guaranteeing levels of quality according to
internationally recognised standards. The diversity of the available
space allows greatly flexible and multivalent options, which may vary
between business meetings in adequate sized offices and congresses
with a great number of participants.
Plenary sessions will take place in the largest auditorium, a typical
theatre equipped with a proscenium-stage. With a seating capacity for
1500, it was designed for opera, theatre, ballet and cinema shows, but
easily adapted to host congresses and meetings.
The remaining areas reserved for Interspeech'2005 are the rooms
Calempluy, Siaca and Quedá (200-230 m2, 200-250 people),
and several foyers.
The Center is characterized by the existence of great outdoor spaces
with shops, different areas and gardens, which allow the holding of
large scale activities, providing an atmosphere and characteristics
without equal, at the same time recreational, cultural and