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Evora, Portugal

About the city

My beloved city has about 1,800 years of documented history and more than just a few thousand undocumented. Évora was already a community of the Neolithic Men about 2,000 years ago, but as a city it was founded by the Romans in the II Century, conquered by the Barbarians and then by the Moors in the VIII Century. It reached its golden age in the XVI Century when the king lived here. It is one of the most historical, mythical and legendary places to visit in Portugal. Let’s visit Évora together!

Giraldo Square

It is our city’s heart. Giraldo, “the fearless”, conquer the city from the moors in 1165. The square was named after him. Here you can find the oldest coffee shop in the city, taste the traditional fresh cheese tart. This place holds many stories. In Évora all the streets lead to “Praça do Giraldo”.

Cathedral Paid entry

At its entrance don’t miss the carved biblical mysteries. Besides the museum of religious art inside, the number of symbologies allows us to travel back in time. Make sure you climb up to the roof, for a 360º view over the city. Try to find the very first coat of arms of the city.

Roman Temple

In the XVI century, it was believed that this temple was to worship Diana, the roman hunting goddess, so it was named after her. But, it was to worship the emperor. It is the symbol of the city. You just can’t miss it. Just in front, you can find the Diana garden, a viewpoint for the city and the region.

University Closed on sundays and national holidays. Paid entry

Our University is the second oldest in Portugal. Handed to the Jesuits to manage in 1559, it was closed after 200 years, as they were expelled from our country. Admire the classroom tiles, at the cloisters. Still used nowadays, with drawings related to the subjects that used to be taught inside.

Saint Francis

The city we love have dozens of churches and chapels, of all, this is the one you really can not miss. Restored in 2015, it was built in beginning of the 1500’s. Hidden inside there’s stories and symbols related not only to the religious life and the monarchy, but also the free masons in Portugal

Bones Chapel

When in Évora, not visiting this place we consider an outrage. To alert us for the life values, the Franciscans decided to decorate this chapel with more then 5000 human bones. Carved in the entrance you can read in Portuguese “We bones are here and for yours we wait”.

Walls

3 wall time periods. In the city center, at Alcárcova de Cima Street, have a look at a small part of the wall that surrounded the roman Évora, first time period. Walking outside around the walls you will have conditions to appreciate the walls from the 2nd and 3rd periods and the unique characteristics.

Aqueduct

The silver water aqueduct was erected in 1537 and brings waters from about 18 km. Actually, this aqueduct follows the same path as a roman one that existe3d there’s many centuries before. Once it goes inside walls we have the aqueduct blended with the existing houses.

Portas de Moura

To go from the old University to the other campus around the city, students often cross this square. It marks the south entrance of the Roman city. Here you can find an amazing marble fountain, built in 1556. Notice how the sides are marked from being used for many centuries. Can you wonder what for?

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