Millenary Evora

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  • Evora is a museum city, whose roots go back to Roman times and reached its golden age in the 15th century, when it became the royalty residence.
  • A Unesco World Hetitage Site since 1986.
  • Evora is one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns.
Évora is the capital of Portugal's south-central Alentejo region. Due to its well-preserved old town centre, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, the city won a World Heritage Site classification from Unesco.
What to Expect
 Évora Cathedral - Is one of the oldest and most important monuments in the city. The very first structures were raised 18 years after the Christians reconquered the city in 1166. Through the centuries, it has been modified to become the largest medieval cathedrals in Portugal, and one of its best examples of Gothic architecture. The museum of sacred art is brimming with rare and priceless artefacts, fashioned out of gold, silver, and other precious metals, and is a very popular visitor attraction. It is a common belief that flags of the fleet of Vasco da Gama on his first expedition to the Orient, were blessed in the first presbytery of the cathedral in 1497.

Temple to Diana - The city's tourist attraction is still often referred to as the Temple to Diana, dedicated to the Roman goddess. It's Évora's head-turning crowd pleaser, and one of Portugal's most significant Roman landmarks. Believed to have been erected in the 2nd or 3rd century AD, the 14 surviving columns topped by Corinthian capitals stand solid over a granite base. At night, the temple is illuminated, and the soft, ethereal glow only adds to its grandeur and mystique.

The Bone Chapel - The most macabre tourist attraction in Portugal. Visitors of a sensitive disposition beware. The Bone Chapel is lined with the remains of 5,000 monks, disinterred from local cemeteries to make room for lesser mortals. Hundreds of skulls and broken skeletons wallpaper the 16th-century oratory built by a Franciscan monk who, in the Counter-Reformation spirit of that era, wanted to prod his fellow brothers into contemplation and transmit the message of life being transitory. In that sense, no one appears fazed by the sarcastic reminder across the entrance that reads, "We bones that are here await your's". Despite its creepy reputation, the chapel draws tourists of all ages fascinated by its gruesome interior design. 

The Évora University - The university was founded in 1559, is the second oldest university in the country, established by cardinal Henry, and received university status the same year from Pope Paul IV. Its administrative control was granted to the newly formed Society of Jesus.The Jesuit College in Évora operated between 1559 and 1759, when Jesuit were banished by the Minister of the Kingdom Marquis of Pombal. Today is a public university.

The hallowed ambiance is enlivened by the use of tiles to depict studious themes, such as Aristotle teaching Alexander, and Plato lecturing to disciples. Its graceful Renaissance cloister is dripping with sculpted marble, and embellished by sky blue azulejos (tiles). The real learning experience begins in the classrooms, the walls of which have been decorated with tiled panels, representing each of the subjects taught. Some of the panels are enormous - complete works of art that still gleam 200 years after being painted. The school is still used by students, and visitors must check with the gatekeeper before exploring. The 18th-century Baroque chapel, known as the Sala dos Actos, is certainly worth investigating.

Giraldo Square is named in honor of Knight Fearless Geraldo Geraldes, the man who conquered Evora from the Moors in 1167. To thank him King Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, nominated him Governor of Evora (alcaide of Evora) and High Protector of the Borders of Alentejo region which he would help to conquer.

Almendres Cromlech - The concentration of megaliths around Evora has given the region the title of the 'Iberian Mesopotamia'. The area contains a diverse selection of megaliths, and cave-art, dating back to the Palaeolithic period. Boasting a spectacular hillside location among olive and cork trees, the Almendres Cromlech stone circle is the most important megalithic site in Portugal. Consisting of 96 standing stones arranged in an oval, it dates from 5000-4000 BC (2,000 years before Stonehenge), is the largest existing group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula, and one of the largest in Europe. The prehistoric inhabitants of Portugal regarded this site to have religious ceremonial purpose, whcih could also function as a primitive astronomical observatory. 

Cartuxa Cellars - Discover one of the most famous Alentejo wine brands. The Cartuxa wine follows the millenary traditions of wine production in Portugal. Taste the unique flavors of these wines with no parallel in the world.

Cristo Rei - If you do not appreciate the wine process, another option is to go back to Lisbon for a pit-stop at Cristo Rei. Its astonishing views from Lisbon deserves a good camera for a memorable picture.
On May 17, 1959, the Shrine of Christ-King was inaugurated. On that day, 300 thousand people wanted to be present to celebrate Christ, King and Redeemer, and the statue was then built.
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