Discovering Evora

We are continuing our journey in the beautiful Portugal and we are thinking of spending some quality time discovering Evora. This recognized UNESCO World heritage city (impressing the tourists with its well preserved center and monuments) is located in the region of Alentejo, 150 km south east from Lisbon and 80 km from the Spanish border. We will start by bringing to light some of the most remarkable historical moments in the history of Evora and then, suggesting some of the spots you should visit in the area.

On the steps of Evora history

You can never understand the present of a people without getting to know its history and its significant moments for its present development. Evora history dates back more than two millennia, when Evora was part of the Celtic territory. If you are curious to find out what Evora (Ebora in the ancient name) means, then let me tell you that the word comes from a species of tree (yew tree). In 57 BC this area, as the neighbored ones as well, becomes part of the Roman Empireand Ebora was named “Liberalitas Julia”. The ruins (temples, monuments, stone roads, water systems) still visible in the present times are a proof of how important this town was for the Roman conquers. If you are wondering what are the most attractive spots to be visited then stay with us till the end of the post “ discovering Evora”.

What to visit in Evora

Though most of you never heard of Evora, you would be amazed to discover how many interesting things one can see in this small town. Take a walk in the charming center and admire the 13th century Evora Cathedral (an incredible gothic site), the Graca Church or Saint Francis Church (combining elements of Gothic and Manueline style). Evora is also proud of its impressive palaces and university, symbols of a rich cultural life. Palace of the Duke of Cadaval, the Palace of the Counts of Basto and the Palace of Vasco da Gama invite you to a journey into the homes of some of the most appreciated people in Portugal, in those times. The University of Evora was founded in 1550 by the Company of Jesus. When the Jesuits were expelled from the college, the University closed only to be reopened in the 20th century.

If you want to find out more about the cultural treasures of Evora check out this site and be prepared for our next post when we will reveal the secrets of the main Evora attractions. Thus, make sure you stay with us in the weeks to come.

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