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Évora Ancient beauty inside castle walls

Well...what to say about Évora... for me it was just the perfect place where i took refuge away from Lisbon's chaos. Portuguese mood is indeed peaceful and calm but here in Évora and basicaly all over the Alentejo Region things just run even slower than the normal.
Évora's 150 km south east of Lisbon. Its historical centre, protected by a vast ring of fortified walls, is typical of ''golden age'' cities, with its urban landscape exhibiting features from the architecture of countries in other continents where Portugal established a presence, particularly Brazil.

Brief guide to the city:

If you want to discover the amazing city inside the Roman castle walls, you should really start your journey where all the city's narrow streets end (hehehe almost), i'm talking about the Praça do Giraldo, main square. You may then visit some of the most important monuments in the city's history: the Roman Temple (2nd century AD), the Cathedral (12th-13th centuries), the Convento dos Lóios (a 15th-century monastery), the churches of São Francisco (15th-16th centuries)and its Bone Chapel, going to Nossa Senhora da Graça church(16th century), Largo das Portas de Moura (the square where the great humanist Garcia de Resende lived) and Évora University (founded in the 16th century). In a nutshell, almost every single art style existed in Western civilization can be seen in the city's architecture...just amazing I say...wonderful to live in a place like this.

Liberalitas Julia to Yeborah

The city has more than two millennia of history, its narrow streets evoking memories of the Moorish presence, conquered by the Romans in 59 BC, it took the name of “Liberalitas Julia”.
Under the occupation of the Romans, Évora gained great importance as a city, a fact which is clearly borne out by the various remains from that period that are still visible today, There are very few remains left from the Visigothic period (between the 5th and the 8th century). After this came the period of Moorish domination, beginning with the conquest of the city by Tarik, which lasted until the Christian reconquest in the twelfth century. Yeborah, as the city became known, perfected its early defensive system and indelibly established traces of the Moorish influence in its toponymy, clearly visible in the Moorish quarter.
The city was chosen by several kings of Portugal in the first and second dynasties to serve as the headquarters for their court, and it was greatly enriched with palaces and monuments, especially in the reigns of D. João II and D. Manuel I (15th and 16th centuries).
As the years pass I just feel more attached to this type of life. The way the street look like, and the lamps look at night. The way the Cathedral stands up for the white landscape all across the city walls. Just amazing to be inside a living castle day by day.

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    Apr 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    You have worked very hard and the results are excelent Good tips and very interesting information Obrigado!!! Gracias !!!!

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    Sep 25, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    Hello Joao, Outstanding pages. Thanks for the virtual tour. Tomas Eriksson :)

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    Oct 16, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Man, you Evora page is killing me (in a good way). Thanks for the info, I'll be back.

  • Mar 6, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    Hello, my name is Rui and i was the codeas pub owner. do you remember? congratulations for your page and hello life! here i go!!!

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    Jul 5, 2007 at 9:21 AM

    I'm amazed by your site and all your trips! Well done. E muito lindo! Greetings from Dublin

  • Elena_blue's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2007 at 2:08 AM

    Hi there! How do your friends call you? :-) I m coming to Portugal in summer. How long drive is Evora from Lisbon? Can I do it in one afternoon? Greetings from Athens!

  • chodearm's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2007 at 11:00 AM

    I'm interested in this enchanted Palace, do you know if they still sleep peops in there?

  • xuxaBR's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    Excelent pages...congratulations! Thanks for sharing...

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    Oct 4, 2006 at 3:17 AM

    Cromeleque dos Almendres; what other kind of animals?

  • fairy_dust's Profile Photo
    Sep 13, 2006 at 6:54 PM

    Every time I hear Lorenna McKennitt's "Tango to Evora", I want to visit Evora! And now this page is enticing me even more. Someday, perhaps next spring...

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