Évora is a Portuguese city, capital of the District of Évora, and located in the Alentejo region and subregion of Central Alentejo,  with a population of about 42,000 inhabitants. It is home to one of the largest cities of Portugal, bordered to the north by the municipality of Arraiolos, Estremoz by northeast, east by Redondo, on the southeast by Reguengos de Monsaraz, south by Portel, on the southwest by Viana do Alentejo and west by Montemor -o-Novo. It is the headquarters district and former diocese, being the ecclesiastic metropolis (Archdiocese of Évora). It is known as the Capital City of Alentejo and Museum-City.

Patrimony:

  • The Roman Temple of Évora is located in the city of Évora, Portugal. It is part of the historic city center, and was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. It is one of the most famous landmarks, and a symbol of the Roman presence in Portuguese territory. Located in the parish of St. Peter's Cathedral and at Largo Conde de Vila Flor, is surrounded by the Cathedral of Évora, the Inquisition Court, the Church and Convent of Lóios, The Public Library of Évora and the Museum.
  • The Basilica Cathedral of Nossa Senhora da Assunção, better known as the Cathedral of Évora, or simply the Cathedral, although started in 1186 and consecrated in 1204, this granite cathedral was only completed in 1250. It is a monument marked by the transition from Romanesque to Gothic style, marked by three majestic naves.
  • The Church of St. Francis in Évora is a church of Gothic-Manueline architecture. Built between 1480 and 1510 by masters of precious stones Martim Lourenço and Pero de Trilho and decorated by the royal painters Francisco Henriques, Jorge Afonso and Garcia Fernandes, is closely linked to historical events that marked the period of maritime expansion of Portugal. This is evident in the symbols of the monumental ogival vault: the cross of the Order of Christ and the emblems of the king founders, D. João II and D. Manuel I. According to tradition, in this church was buried Gil Vicente, in 1536
  • The Bones Chapel is one of the best known monuments of Évora, Portugal. It’s situated on the St. Francis Church. It was built in the seventeenth century on the initiative of three monks who, in the spirit of the time, the counter-religious reform, intended to convey the message of the transience of life, as can be seen in the famous warning at the entrance: "We, bones that are here, for you await. "
  • The Palace of D. Manuel, located in Évora, Portugal, once known as the Royal Palace of S. Francisco was built by D. Afonso V, who wished to have a royal palace in the town outside the castle to install. The palace inhabited by several Portuguese monarchs, including D. Manuel I, D. João III and D. Sebastião was lost definitively in 1895, having been ordered to be destroyed in 1619 during the visit of Philip III to the country, which had it destroyed for the sake of the community. Today, what remains of the palace is only the Gallery of the Ladies, excellence representation of Manueline style, but with traces of the Renaissance and survived due to their use for military train. The palace, in addition to being one of the largest architectural works of the country, also had an enormous historical importance, for it was here that Vasco da Gama was invested in command of the squadron of the discovery of the sea route to India and was also at the palace where Gil Vicente performed seven of his “autos” (theatre plays), dedicated to queens Dona Maria of Castile and D. Catarina of Austria.
  • The Lóios Convent, also known as the Convent of St. John the Evangelist was built in the fifteenth century on the remains of a medieval castle, having been severely damaged during the earthquake of 1755. It is a set of rectangular shape that develops around a two-storey cloister, being the bottom floor of Gothic-Manueline style and the top one of Renaissance features. The church, of Manueline style, has a rectangular nave of five bays and is covered by a ribbed vault. The walls are panelled tiles of the eighteenth century. The chancel of polygonal plant, is covered by a canopy of intricate design, with warheads, and its walls are covered with tiles of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The chapter house, attributed to Diogo de Arruda, is preceded by a Moorish gate of the early sixteenth century. After restoration and recovery that took a few years, it opened its facilities in the Pousada dos  Lóios, integrated at Pousadas de Portugal.

Local attractions:
  • In gastronomy, Évora had also unique features, namely in convent sweets, that occupy a place of highlight in any gastronomical festival. Assuming its sociocultural and economic importance, the cuisine is also an integral part of tourism quality  that this city of Évora  can offer. Dishes of "Pork", "Lamb", "Veel", the "Alentejanas Soups", the "açordas" and "migas" highlight the diversity of our cuisine, linked to the countryside, preserved with all its cultural importance, representing a contribution to developing and promoting the rich heritage of the county and enhancing our abilities in the area of tourism.
  • The wines are also an almost mandatory requirement for their incomparable quality and unique taste of a region famous and generous for Bacchus.

    
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