Evora is a city in the Evora Municipality in Portugal, with around 45,000 inhabitants. Evora has a magnificent old town centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls. It also has a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple. Therefore, Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The ex-libris of Évora, 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 is that this is just one of the several attractions that make Évora UNESCO heritage, and a must see.
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 - buildings and garden - do deserve a visit.
Started in the 15th century, this palace grew to a big complex, occupying almost all the actual garden of S. Francisco. During the spanish kings it lost importance, and started decaying, mainly when most of its area was returned to the monks, in 1612. With the extinction of the religious orders in 1834 the state recovered some of the areas, and the other were demolished to build a market. Nowadays, the only remains of the former palace are the ladies’ gallery, showing clearly the Manueline style with Renaissance and Mudejar elements.
This conventual church was established during D. João II and D. Manuel reigns, to substitute the primitive one, coming from the foundation of the country. Magnificent example of late Gothic with a multiplicity of influences, mainly from Spain and France, it includes also the famous bones chapel.
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 in the walls, they were used to artistically compose structures, rhythms and images with aesthetics concerns.
The best of Baroque glows in this chapel also in St. Francisco church. Though the bones chapel is the main attraction of the church, it was unfair to pass by this one without a very special look.
The walls of Évora castle are amidst the best-preserved ones in Portugal. Almost all the historic city is surrounded by these walls, with several doors and towers. A couple of doors were modified, but the other still keep their medieval characteristics.
Built during the 16th century to supply water to the city, this aquaduct is 9 kilometres long, still crossing the city and displaying a few protective towers.
The main references of Évora to Portuguese are Diana temple and Giraldo square. City hall, a fountain, arcades and shopping places live in harmony at Alentejo pace. All considered, it is a nice example of local character and behavior.
Just beside the Roman temple, this cathedral built between the 12th and 13th century and where Romanesque melts with Gothic, it’s easy to visit and surely deserves it. From the 14th to the 18th centuries it received a few adding, with different styles, that is possible to verify and compare.
Outside Alconchel door, there's a convent from the end of the 16th century, with a very interesting gilded altar, in the transition from Baroque to Rococo styles. The convent was acquired by the state to house a cemetery in the yard, and the building is now used to the music conservatory and some temporary exhibitions.
|Evora Guesthouse||Rua da Mouraria 44||GUESTHOUSE||74|
|Hotel Rural Quinta dos Bastos||Estrada Senhor dos Aflitos||Hotel||-|
|Old Evora||Rua Serpa Pinto Travessa do Barão 4A||Hostel||85|
|Pensao Residencial Policarpo||Rua Freiria de Baixo, 16||Guesthouse||-|
|Residencial Os Manueis||Raimundo's Street nº35||hotel||-|
|EvoraInn Chiado Design||Rua da Republica, 11||Guesthouse||-|
|Hostel Santantao||Praca do Giraldo, 83 - 2Â||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Namaste Evora||Largo Doutor Manuel Alves Branco 12||HOSTEL||-|
|Burgos Hostel||Rua de Burgos 2||Hostel||-|
|Be My Guest Evora||Rua dos Apóstolos 15||APARTMENT||-|
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Portugal's international telephone code is 351. The general emergency number is 112.
Each provider offers a variety of prepaid (Pré-Pagos) and contract (pós-pagos) SIM cards, both of which are available to foreigners. It generally means much lower rates for calls and especially internet. Be sure to switch off data roaming if you don't buy a local SIM card, as prices for internet are very high.
CTT is the national postal service of Portugal. It has relatively fast and reliable services and it takes several days to over a week for your post to arrive within other European countries, more so if you send post to North America or Australia. Post offices (correios) have varying opening hours, but in general post offices are open on weekdays from 08:30am-6:00pm and on Saturday mornings until 12:30. More information about offices, costs and other details can be found at the CTT website. It's a relatively efficient but also relatively slow postal service. If you want to send packages overseas, you'd better use international companies like FedEx, DHL, TNT or UPS, as they are competitively priced, fast and very reliable.
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