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"A Walled City" Castle walls Tip by Bwana_Brown

Castle walls, Évora: 10 reviews and 17 photos

  A Section of the Outer Walls
by Bwana_Brown

Evora's history goes back a long way. Consequently, it has walls within walls as these defensive barriers were erected over the many centuries of the city's existance. The core of the city is centred around old Roman and Moorish walls, of which not much remain today. However, as the city expanded, more extensive 'new' walls were built in the 1300s to encompass more of this growing town. These later walls, including their 40 towers,were reinforced even further in 1640 after Portugal declared itself to be independent from Spain. Sure enough, in 1663 the city was able to survive a Spanish attack thanks to its defensive fortifications!

It was a hot 28 C day during the afternoon that we did our touring, so I decided to be sensible and go with the shorts. Here, we have left the city through one of the gates that is located beside the University, so this is the outer view of the walls in this portion of the defensive ring.

Address: All around the UNESCO old town
Directions: This was taken near Rua Duques de Cadaval

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 4, 2008
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