"Évora" Évora by pieter_jan_v

Évora Travel Guide: 429 reviews and 1,494 photos

The city of white and yellow

Évora's history started BC. The Lusitanians made it their Capital and named it Ebora after the ivory workers that settled here.

In 57 BC the Romans conquered the town and built walls around it.
The city grew in importance because it was located at a crosspoint of trade routes. The Corinthian temple in the centre of the town, erected in honour of emperor Augustus dates from the 1st century.

After the fall of the Roman Empire Barbaroans onvaded the area and in 584 the city came under the rule of the Visigothic king Leovirgild.

In 715 the city was conquered by Moors under Tariq ibn-Ziyad, who called it Yeborah. During the Moorisch period the town prospered again and developed into an agricultural centre with a fortress and a mosque.

In 1165 the town was conquered through a surprise attack by Gerald the Fearless (Geraldo Sem Pavor). In 1166 the town came under the rule of the Portuguese king Afonso I.

Évora became a major centre and got a Palace, Cathedral and a Jesuit University. In the 18th century the Jesuits were expelled from Portugal and the university was closed. It lasted till 1973 untill it was reopened.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Much history at one spot
  • Cons:2 hours travel from Lisbon
  • In a nutshell:A gem in East Portugal
  • Last visit to Évora: Jun 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Hello, Pieter! It's interesting to read your travel pages!~Thanx!~

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    The cathedral entrance has a lot of style along with so many of the other buildings with ornate architecture. YOu must have enjoyed the sites.

  • Jun 13, 2010 at 11:24 AM

    You need to change in the description the word 'hyman' to the word 'human'. to get across the correct point.

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  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    34 Pictures??? Now that's just crazy! Now it says 231 pictures on your world travelogue page. And 410 for Cascais. hehe!


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