The church of Santiago Maior, adjacent to the castle, became Beja's cathedral in the first half of the 20th century.
Despite the recovering works that took place and modified it, it still keeps elements in baroque, mannerist and eclectic styles.
Although the exact date of its foundation is unknown (possibly, the 10th century), the church of St. Amaro was built outside the walls of the city, close to the old gate of Beja, being modified during the 15th and 16th centuries to its actual configuration.
Modest in its whole, with Mudejar windows, it keeps, inside, the richly decorated Visigoth capitals used in the initial construction, making this church an unique example of this period's architecture.
Spread throughout all of Portugal you will also find beautiful tiled houses in Beja. Keep your eyes open!
Also some of the museums, like the Museu Regional de Beja, show azulejos as a heritage of the towns past.
Another beautiful building that you will pass when strolling through Beja is the Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição, which nowadays houses the Museu Regional de Beja. I have not been inside, but looking its webpage I regret that I only had a look at its outside. The convent was built under the order of the first Dukes of Beja. In the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century parts of the convent were destroyed. Only the church, the cloister and the chapter house remained. The museum presents sacral art, azulejos and archeological things.
Probably one of the oldest churches of Beja is the Igreja de Santa Maria with its massive round pillars and arches. It used to be a temple of the Visigoths in the 6th century and later a mosque during the occupation of the Moors, but most of what is seen today dates from the 15th century reconstruction.
The Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres from the year 1672 for example has a very beautiful interior despite the rather simple outside. It is part of the Museu Episcopal de Beja and well worth to be visited.
The castle is very nice with high walls. It was rebuilt on roman foundations in 1310 under King Denis. The fascinating medieval tower is called Torre de Menagem and the symbol of Beja. For a fee you can visit the Castelo and the tower which is standing inside. Have your eyes open as there are some nice pieces of art in the castle.
The fascinating medieval tower that draws your attention when arriving in Beja is called Torre de Menagem and the symbol of Beja. About 200 steps will bring you to its top 40 meters over the ground. The Torre de Menagem is the highest donjon on the Iberic Peninsulae! I guess you can imagine that the view from up there is superb and you will be able to get an orientation of town. There are several tomb plates in the tower that you can admire on your way up and down.
More than a (good) hotel, this country club is a good opportunity to contact with the wild side of Alentejo's planes. Well, wilderness is a little artificial, but the pace that fills the traditional jokes about "alentejanos" it's easy to feel and understand here.
Winery, horse rides, organized animation, it all help to fill the day in a smooth contact with nature.
Once a moorish castle, its reconstruction was initiated during the reign of D. Alfonso III, and it was finished in the reign of D. Dinis.
The main tower is one of the best examples of the Portuguese military architecture. With three decorated floors, its windows show diverse styles
Swimming, horse back riding, boating, bycicling.
One can guess only the size of the area. All of the land around the lakes belongs to this hacienda - resort - hotel area, whatever you name it. It is still under construction. As I learned they will have mini golf, 18 hole golf course, a small airstrip for private air planes etc. I wonder how it will look like in a few years.
In the ancient Roman town of Beja is a Moours castle that is the center piece of the town and can be seen for miles approaching the town. The view from the top is breathtaking as you can see the entire town and its protective walls.
Attached to the Castle there's a Roman arch.
I had to read to know that it was not part of the castle, and only some respect for history allowed its preservation out of its original context.
Originally from the 12Th century, the actual construction dates from the 16Th.
It's a small and heavy building, totally covered with tiles from the 16TH century, with a few paintings.
Take a visit to the Queen Leonor Museum to see the history of the area from the Moours to the Romans to the present day. You will find many beautiful things here.