Main facade of this palace was built in XVII century. The title itself and dukedom were created on April 26, 1645 by King John IV of Portugal to his distant cousin, Dom Nuno Álvares Pereira de Melo (1638–1727), who was already 3rd Marquis of Ferreira and 5th Count of Tentúgal. It was time of the restoration of Portuguese independence from Spain and Portuguese King the Restorer need reliable supporters. This facade is situated between two towers remained from the castle of XIV century. Castle itself was burnt and destroyed during the popular anti Castilian revolt of 1384. It was dramatic times of Portuguese internecine of 1383-1385 when new Aviz dynasty was enthroned at Portugal. Palace still belongs to Cadaval family and it is situated near the Roman temple. The taller tower is known as the tower of five shields because the Cadaval family coat of arms has five shields on Saint Andrew’s cross.
Address: Menino Jesus Street, Evora
The Royal Palace of Évora also known as the Royal Palace of São Francisco and the Palace of King Manuel I, is a former royal residence of the Kings of Portugal, in Évora, capital of the Alentejo. The palace has its origins in a convent built in the 13th century. During the 14th century, the convent came under royal use when the royal family was in the Alentejo, but only became a proper palace under the reign of King John I the founder of the Aviz Dinasty.
All that remains today out of the once grandiose Royal Palace of Évora, is the Gallery of Dames and ruins of the older castle. Exactly here Vasco da Gama received his commission to command the fleet that would discover the sea route to India around South Africa.
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The Royal Palace of Évora also known as the Royal Palace of São Francisco and the Palace of King Manuel I, is a former royal residence of the Kings of Portugal, in Évora, capital of the Alentejo. The palace has its origins in a convent built in the 13th century. During the 14th century, the convent came under royal use when the royal family was in the Alentejo, but only became a proper palace under the reign of King John I the founder of the Aviz Dinasty. Majority of the palace stands in the ruins today. But even these ruins give us the notion how splendid it used to be.
Started in 1483, the king's palace, for long the best house in Portugal, was ruined and abandoned.
In the 19th century the architect Jose Cinatti decided to decorate the garden with fake ruins, that mixed with the real ones.
In 1943 the only remaining part of the Palace was reconstructed but with great differences from the original, however, the whole - buidlings and garden - do deserve a visit.
Two palaces have survived from the time when the powerful House of Avis invested heavily into the city. Evora's importance has diminished a great deal following restoration of Portuguese independence.
Old Palace of the Condes de Sortelha, readjusted. It contains in its interior a important Roman structure.
Carried through recent archaeological activity in the interior of the building archaelogists have come to disclose of the existence of significant vestiges of a great health-resort, certainly the Public Spas of the Roman city Ebora Liberalitas Julia. The conserved installations of the "Laconicum", warm room integrating a great circular tank for the vapor banns.
Built in 1540, it worked has a Holy Court until the year of 1821.
Its now in possession of the University where the department of education works.
In its interior you can see the old court room from the XVII century with tiles and oak wood works, and also the room of the inquisitor with its painted roof.
Évora was one of the main Inquisition Centers of Portugal. This city had one of the largest Jewish communities in Portugal during the XV Century. Several houses still bear signs of ‘mezuzot’, one of which has been identified by a well known archeologist, Carmen Balesteros, as one of the Synagogues, by its four column structure common in Sephardic Synagogues.
This Inquisitor’s Palace you have on the picture displays the coat of arms of the "Holy" Office.
this place is down the Diana Garden. The building on front belongs to Academic Services of the University of Evora
Here the Duke of Bragança D. Fernando II was sentenced to death in 1483. The palace was also the residence of some captains who fought in Morocco, as well as of the illustrious humanist D. Francisco de Melo. The palace, which consisted part of the old castle burnt in the people's revolt in 1348 in favor of Mastre of Aviz, is dominated by the architectual elements of the Manueline-Moorish period and by the Tower of the Five Shield.
Very pleasant place to enjoy old transportations in the city. This is a unique and somehow not very close to the public's eye. Its a bit hard to find. Walk down the Cathedral's back part and you'll reach Largo Dr. Mario Chico. In the Largo you just have to look up until you see the Museum.
Palace of Vasco da Gama (here Vasco da Gama resided in 1519 and 1524, the dates corresponding to his nomination as the Count of Vidigueira and Viceroy of India; remaining from that period are the Manueline cloister and some of the murals which decorate it)
Here the Duke of Bragan?a D. Fernando II was senteced to death in 1483. The palace was also the residence of some captains who fought in Morocco, as well as of the illustrious humanist D. Francisco de Melo. The palace, which consisted part of the old castle burnt in the people's revolt in 1348 in favor of Mastre of Aviz, is dominated by the architectual elements of the Manueline-Moorish period and by the Tower of the Five Shield.
Galeria das Damas do Palacio de D. Manuel (remains of a palace built by the Avis Dynasty on the 16th century in moresque-gothic-renaissance style; according to some chroniclers, in this palace, in 1497, that Vasco da Gama was given the command of the squadron he would lead on his maritime journey to India).
In the great hall, seven plays of Gil Vicente were performed and dedicated to Queen D. Maria of Castile and D. Catherine of Austria.
It was here that the Arrudas, Chanterenne and Diogo de Torralva (architects and engenieers) worked together.
This building was a primitive moorish castle and residence of the kings of the Alfonsine dynasty. The wall of the palace displays features of the Gothic, Manueline, Moorish (Mudejar) and Renaissance style of architecture. In addition, mural paintings on the ground-floor salons include scenes of the capture of Tunis in 1535 by the Emperor Charles V, an expeditoin to which contributed the Portuguese squadron, commanded by Infante D. Luis, Duke of Beja and brother of King John III. The mythological pictures of the pictures of the palace series are dated and sgned by Francisco de Campos, 1578.
The only remains of the former palace is the ladies gallery, showing clearly the Manuelin style with Renaissance and Muslim elements.