Distrito de Évora Things to Do

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Distrito de Évora Things to Do

  • Chapel of Bones

    Évora Things to Do

    Maybe it would be advisable for the most impressionable people not to visit this chapel - you will be submerged under thousands of bones, in a gloomy but also harmonious image. The bones are not only piled, they were used to artistically compose structures, rhythms and images with aesthetics concerns.

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  • Churches

    Évora Things to Do

    UNESCO world heritage, this church is one of the best examples of Portuguese Renaissance style. In 1834 it was nationalized and transformed in military headquarters, accelerating its ruin. Some altars were transferred elsewhere and the restoring works about 50 years ago saved the building, but with severe losses inside. It had a very interesting...

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  • The Roman Temple

    Évora Things to Do

    The ex-libris of Evora this is one of the best preserved roman monuments in Portugal. The experts don't accept the designation of "Diana temple" because they found that it was built in the first century and dedicated to the emperor, not to the goddess, but the people always called it that way, so... let's accept the baptism. Anyway, the point...

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  • Cathedral

    Évora Things to Do

    Built in the gothic style, completed in the 12th century and with a 14th century ogival cloister, the main entrance is decorated with sculptures of the apostles, the interior dates from the 17th - 18th century. The Sacred Art Museum is situated in the gallery above the nave house of the cathedral. Don't miss it!

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  • Palaces

    Évora Things to Do

    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...

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  • Praça do Giraldo Main Square

    Évora Things to Do

    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...

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  • Outside Evora

    Évora Things to Do

    We all bundled into taxis and took a trip out to Almendres to the west of Evora. After a long drive we came to place that was full of Megalithic Standing Stones. They were put there by people throughout the Neolithic period 4th to 5th century in two stone circles. I have a personal theory that these stone circles were like a calendar for the year,...

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  • Gardens

    Évora Things to Do

    The public garden of Evora is very beautiful and invites for a romantic break. It was built on the initiative of the city in 1863 to 1867 and the construction work was lead by Jose Cinatti who was an italien architect. The concept for the garden design was the romantic ideal of the 19th century. A part of this ideal was the presence of ruins, which...

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  • Castle walls

    Évora Things to Do

    The walls of Evora castle are amidst the best preserved ones in Portugal. Almost all the historic city is surrounded by the walls, with several doors and towers. A couple of doors were modified, but the other still keep their medieval characteristics.

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  • Silver Water Aqueduct

    Évora Things to Do

    I was surprised to learn the Aquaduct was build as recently as the 16th Century as it seems far older. Designed to bring transport water into the town, most of the Aquaduct is still standing. The best place to view it in evora is just beyoind the walls to the north of the town. Near the centre of town, it's interestign to see how houses were built...

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  • Monasteries&Convents

    Évora Things to Do

    On our city walk through the historic part of Evora we also passed the Monastery Santa Clara which was founded in 1452 by bishop Vasco Perdigão. We did not go inside but according to the official page of the Commune of Evora the churches dome is richly decorated with 16th and 17th century paintings of sacred themes in baroque style.

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  • Evora ancient streets

    Évora Things to Do

    Compared to many of the towns that I have visited during my roadtrip around the Southern part of Portugal Evora was a quite large and busy town. Nevertheless it has a cosy charm that makes it a fun thing to walk through the streets of town. Many houses were partly colored yellow which fits perfectly with the yellow streetsigns carrying the...

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  • Art general, Statues and Urban Art

    Évora Things to Do

    Inside the Jardim Publico you will find a statue of Vasco da Gama who discovered the seaway to India. It is thought that he had studied mathematics and navigation here in Evora. The monument is a present of the State of Southafrica to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama.

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  • University buildings

    Évora Things to Do

    The university in Evora is one of the oldest universities in Portugal dating back to 1559. It was closed down as a university though in 1759 when the jesuits who ran the university were expelled from Portugal, but it reopend again as a university after the carnation revolution in 1974. The buildings are open to the public and show a great selection...

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  • Monsaraz

    The second top attraction in this district is the village of Monsaraz, perched on a hill overlooking the artificial lake of Alqueva dam. The village is very well preserved respecting the traditional characteristics, with a singularity - a bullring inside the castle.

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  • Evora

    Peace and harmony are present in each square, in each street, in each corner of Evora. Each stone or building have a particular story, and, in the heat of Alentejo, the calm of the white houses joins each steps from a monument to the next one. Not to miss.

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  • Montemor - o - Novo city

    Montemor-o-Novo has constructed the future anchored in its historical, rich past of memories. There it cements its identity and it is clear its force and difference face to all the other places of the World. An identity that affirms its presence in the Alentejo, region where the Man molded and knew to keep in long of the times a "language", a...

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  • Evora - UNESCO site

    The Alentejo Province is a region of wide plains to the south of the Tagus River (Rio Tejo). In the heart of this region, at a distance of 130 km from Lisbon, lies the city of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Part of the town is enclosed by ancient walls and has been preserved in its original state, aswell as its monuments dating from various...

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  • Alandroal village

    The beautiful Arabic sounding name of Alandroal betrays the town's cultural roots. Its origins are proudly emblazoned on the city coat of arms, which shows that it belongs to the Order of Aviz. You may like to take a walk from the hill fort of Castelo Velho through the historical center of Terena to the ruins of the Castle of Juromenha. If your...

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  • Boa Fé

    Boa Fé This region is the countryside inside the countryside. If you want to check unpopulated parts of Portugal with a very rich amount of monuments and where tourist don't come as much as in other parts of the country this is definately a must seen.Again, another page on a small village that can be visited in less than one hour and that stays 30...

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  • Alcaçovas

    There are many versions of the origin of the town of Alca?ovas. One of the most believed history is the fact of the first roman settlement of Ceciliana, and the after Arab period, calling it Al-ca?aba that means castles in Arab.With the Arab invasions the town was totally destroyed because of the strong resistance of its inhabitants.D. Martinho...

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  • Vila Viçosa village

    Vila Viçosa has always been rightly considered a jewel in the treasure chest of Alentejo, so it is hardly surprising to find that it has often been included in royal dowries and endowments. Dona Brites, the wife of King Afonso IV, was the first to receive it as a wedding present, followed by Leonor Teles, King Fernando's lover who was hated by the...

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  • Estremoz village

    Besides the large cities (which in Portugal can be counted on the fingers of one hand), very few Portuguese towns have been the setting for as many dramatic moments of our national history as Estremoz.Therefore, the visitor with a good knowledge of history can imagine himself living through those decisive moments when the future of Portugal and its...

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