Cláudio Torres


Official recognitions and awards


Cláudio Torres has received national and international distinctions and awards.

Among others, in 1999, he received Prémio Pessoa, the most important Portuguese award, given to people with an outstanding presence in arts, culture or science.

Cláudio Torres a receber o prémio
Cláudio Torres being awarded with Prémio Pessoa 1991

In 1993, the President of the Portuguese Republic awarded him the Great Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator. In 2001, the University of Évora awarded him the Doctor Honoris Causa degree. In 2015, Pope Francis awarded him the Prize of the Pontifical Academies, as Director of the Mértola Archaeological Site (CAM). In 2018, Portugal’s Foundation for Science and Technology awarded him the Medal for Scientific Merit. Also, as Director of CAM, the University of Córdova awarded him the Prize Sísifo a la Investigación, Defensa y Difusión del Património Arqueológico, in the Field of Archaeology. In 2020, the Portuguese Government awarded him the Medal for Cultural Merit. In 2021, the Portuguese Association of Municipalities with Historical Centres awarded him the Memory and Identity Award.

Honoris causa
Cláudio Torres at his Honoris Causa awarded by Évora University
Claúdio Torres speaking at the Vatican after receiving the distinction awarded by Pope Francis
Distinction of Cláudio Torres with the National Prize "Memory and Identity"
of the Portuguese Association of Municipalities with Historic Center

In November 2022, ICOM Portugal honoured him with a tribute. The Mértola Municipal Council approved a new name for one of its 14 museum nuclei – i.e., Museu de Mértola Cláudio Torres.

Prémio ICOM
Tribute by ICOM to Cláudio Torres and attribution by the Municipality of Mértola of a new name for its 14 museum nuclei “Museum of Mértola Cláudio Torres”