Praça do Giraldo Main Square, Évora

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    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2013

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    The main references of Evora to Portuguese are Diana's temple and Giraldo's square.

    As a matter of fact I hardly understand the importance of this square, except that it is central and all the main attractions "happen" around it.

    City hall, a fountain, arcades and shopping places live in harmony at alentejo's pace. Well, all considered, it is a nice example of local character and behaviour.

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    Cube on Praça de Giraldo

    by gubbi1 Written May 17, 2012
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    During our visit to Evora there was a cube stucking on Praça de Giraldo, the main square. I remember that I did not find it fitting into the historic scenery, but looking at my photos after all it looks a little like art. As the date on the cube was just a few days after, I guess it was only temporarily on the square... Anyway, the slogan on it still is valid: A past with a future...

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    Relax in Praca de Giraldo

    by Martin_S. Written Jul 19, 2011
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    Wandering the streets of Evora after we had finished our daily "touristy things", we came upon the Praca de Giraldo, a quiet square in the middle of town with its fountain that was being enjoyed with equal gusto by children and pigeons alike. One point, the streets of Evora are, or can be a tricky place to drive, we made a mistake and drove up a very steeply inclined street into this same Praca and found a policeman waiting at the top. Turns out that a truck had parked, obscuring the sign that says no entrance...I had seen no sign and asked the policeman where the sign was, that was when we saw it hidden behind the truck. At first the policeman was not interested about the truck, saying it was my fault, well that is true, I WAS driving the car even if I could not see the sign.....but in the end he turned us around and let us off with a "warning".

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    Giraldo Square

    by salinhopt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Evora - Giraldo Square

    Giraldo Square, in the center of the city, in the square where King Duarte built the Estaus Palace which even today maintains its Gothic look. The fountain and St Anton's church are from the 16th century. One of the most beautifull squares in the city.

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    Praça do Giraldo

    by rita_simoes Updated Nov 24, 2007

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    It's the city's main square. The buildings and arcades surrounding it are fantastic, and there are numerous esplanades where you can sit and do some people watching.

    Here you can also find the Tourism office, where you can pick up a map of the city with a brief description of each monument. I found it extremely useful! It's a good starting point to visit the city.

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    Evora's Bustling Main Square

    by dcwizard Updated May 8, 2005

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    The Henriquina Fountain and St. Anton's Church

    Evora's main square is a popular meeting point for locals and tourists alike. The shopping arcades on the eastern side of the square are behind beautiful Moorish arcades. The square was the location of some bloddy historical events. The brother-in-law of Joao II was beheaded here, and it was also the site of an Inquisitional burning in 1573. Now there is a tourist information office here, which provides maps, cultural event information, and you can sign up for tours that leave from this location as well.

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    Praça do Giraldo (II)

    by micas_pt Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    On Giraldo square you will also find a 16th century church – Igreja de Santo Antão. It is considered the last example of Renaissance style in Évora and inside you will find some beautiful paintings. On the centre of this square there is also a fountain, dating from the 16th century – it is called Fonte Henriquina.

    Some say that the name of the square – Giraldo – comes from the outlaw Geraldo who, on behalf of King Afonso Henriques, defended the city from the Moors in 1165.

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    Praça do Giraldo

    by micas_pt Updated Apr 12, 2004

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    This is the city’s main square. It is the bustling centre of Évora, from where everything seems to happen – monuments, commerce and services. Along the centuries, this square played an important role in the city’s history. On the buildings to the right (on my photo) there are some nice moorish arcades, underneath which you will find several shops and also cafes – taste some delicious pastry there while sitting on the open-air tables observing passers-by. The day I took this photo was a holiday so the square was crowded with visitors and also performers and street vendors.

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    Praça do Giraldo Main Square

    by johnsakura Written Jan 21, 2004

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    The square was named after Giraldo the Fearless, the Christian knight who led a surprise attack and retook Evora from the Moors in 1165. As thanks, Giraldo was made governer of the town — and the symbol of the city (Evora's coat of arms is a knight on a horse). On this square, all that's left of several centuries of Moorish rule is their artistry, evidenced by the wrought-iron balconies of the buildings that ring the square (and an occasional Moorish "keyhole" window throughout the town).

    The palace on the main square is where Portuguese King John III's guests used to stay — it was Evora's first hotel. Others weren't treated as royally. A fervent proponent of the Inquisition, the king sanctioned the deaths of hundreds of people who were burned as heretics on this square.

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    Fountain at the Giraldo Square

    by johnsakura Written Jan 21, 2004

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    Built in 1571, this emblematic work in white marble, classified as a national monument since 1910, was created by Afonso Álvares. A popular tradition states that the eight bronze heads, as well as the surmounting crown, represent the eight streets that lead to the square.

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    Praca do Giraldo

    by el_ruso Written Jan 4, 2006

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    The main square in town is where a lot of young people hang out. Turismo office is also here. Don't miss the large marble fountain and many beautiful whitewashed buildings.

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    Praca do Giraldo

    by barryg23 Written Sep 12, 2005

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    Praca do Giraldo

    Evora's main square contains numerous cafes, restaurants and shops, as well as the helpful tourist information.

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    Praca de Giraldo

    by cucaracha Written Apr 15, 2004

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    Praca de Giraldo

    The Praca de Giraldo is the center of the city and all roads seem to take you there...

    The church, Igreja de Santo Antao dates from the 16th Century.

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