Evora is a city in the southeast of Portugal, and is the capital of the district of the same name in the Alentejo region. The city has about 50,000 inhabitants.
The historic center of the city was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986. Attractions include:
- a Roman aqueduct, 18km long with a course of only 2 meters.
- the Roman temple of Évora (also Templo de Diana) with Corinthian columns
- the Cathedral of Évora, early Gothic, built from 1186 to 1204
- the monastery of Lóios (Convento dos Lóios) from the 14th century
- San Francisco church (with the chapel of the bones)
- the university, formerly a Jesuit convent, was built in 1559 by the cardinal Henrique, who was then also bishop of Évora. He had been a Regent of Portugal since 1554 on behalf of Sebastiaan van Portugal (1554-1578), and in 1578 his successor as the 17th king of Portugal. The monastery was reopened in 1979.
- the palace of Diana Álvares Pereira de Melo (1978), 11th Duchess Cadaval, and her husband Prince Charles-Philippe d’Orléans (1973), grandson of Henri d’Orléans. Both are direct descendants of Robert II of France (972-1031). Their first child, Princess Isabella, was born on February 22, 2012.
- Alto de St. Bento, just outside Evora on their hilltop overlooking the city you will find the remains of archaeological excavations here.
Alto de S. Bento, Evora
Southwest of the city lies Anta Grande do Zambujeiro, one of the largest dolmens in the Iberian Peninsula.
Restaurant tip:In the middle of the old center of Evora you will find a fantastic restaurant where you will be served as a king and eat like an emperor: Momentos