Avis is a Portuguese town in the district of Portalegre, in the Alentejo region and sub-region of High Alentejo with around 1 900 inhabitants. It’s the head of a municipality with around 5 000 inhabitants, subdivided in eight villages. The municipality is limited on the northeast by the municipality of Alter do Chão, east by Fronteira, south by Sousel and northeast by Ponte de Sôr.

It was the head of the Avis Order, order of Portuguese knights that seems to have had its origin in Castela, as a branch of the Calatrava Order, although many historians claim its creation in Portugal, in the 12th century, by D. Afonso Henriques.

  • The Avis Castle is located in the town and village of Avis, in the district of Portalegre, in Portugal and its edification is set with the installation of the Military Order of S. Bento of Avis in the Alentejo Region.
  • The Convent of the Order of Avis situated within the limits of the castle, whose edification is set with the installation of the Military Order of S. Bento of Avis in the Alentejo Region. When there was the extinction of the religious orders in Portugal in the 19th century, that patrimony was dissolved and the buildings of the Convent in Avis were sold to the private sector. At the time, the City Hall acquired the residence of the masters of the Order, installing the headquarters of the City Hall there.
  • The Municipal Museum of Avis – Ethnography and Archaeology is installed in the Chapter room of the ancient Convent of S. Bento of Avis since the end of the decade of 1980s. From its collection composed of three groups: archaeology, craftwork and ethnography, are part pieces gathered by the staff of the Municipality and by the local Artisan, António Bonito, as well as pieces donated by the population.
  • The Pillory of Avis is located in the Portuguese village and council with the same name, district of Portalegre, Portugal. It’s a piece of white marble that we can find in the Serpa Pinto Square, in a public garden, close to the Parish Church. The pillory is constituted by a quadrangular marble column, set over a basis and topped by a chapiter. It has as iconographic reference the most important symbolic bird of the town – AVIS – the open winged eagle and is classified as a Realty of Public Interest.
  • Archaeological Intervention since the requalification work of the Dr. Sérgio de Castro Square led to the discovery of preserved archaeological levels, to which where associated human bones, suggesting the existence of a necropolis next to the Parish Church.
  • The historical centre and the surrounding space of the town constitute places of compulsory visit.

In Gastronomy, Avis also possesses unique characteristics, namely in the convent pastry level that always occupy a place of relevance. Assuming its sociocultural and economic importance, gastronomy is also an integrant part of the quality tourist offer that this town can offer. The “Pork”, “Lamb”, “Veal” dishes, the “Alentejanas” Soups, the “Açordas” and the “Migas” highlight the diversity of our gastronomy, linked to the rural world, preserved, with all its cultural importance, representing a contribute to develop and promote the rich historical patrimony of council and potentiate our skills in the tourism area.

For other useful information and details check the website: www.cm-avis.pt

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