Evora

UENSCO described Evora when they put it on the World Heritage list that Evora is the finest example of a city of the golden age of Portugal. A city of Portugal’s interior, Evora is located at the intersection of three river basins. About 100 km. east of Lisbon , it is constructed high above the surrounding plain. The founding of the city dates back to the dawn of the Christian era.

Due to its well-preserved old town centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

==== EVORA – SIGHTSEEING

Agua de Prata Aqueduct (Aqueduct of Silver Water): With its huge arches stretching for 9 km, this aqueduct was built in 1531-37 by King Joao III to supply the city with water.

Cathedral of Evora: Mainly built between 1280 and 1340, it is one of the most important Gothic monuments of Portugal. The cathedral has a notable main portal with statues of the Apostles (around 1335) and a beautiful nave and cloister. One transept chapel is manueline and the outstanding main chapel is baroque.

Palace of Vasco da Gama: Vasco da Gama resided here in 1519 and 1524, the dates corresponding to his nomination as the Count of Vidigueira and Viceroy of India. The Manueline cloister and some of its Renaissance mural paintings are still preserved.

Palace of the Counts of Basto: Primitive Moorish castle and residence of the kings of the Alfonsine dynasty. Its outer architecture displays features of Gothic, Manueline, Mudjar and Renaissance styles.

Roman Temple of Evora: Improperly called Diana Temple, this 1st century-temple was probably dedicated to the Cult of Emperor Augustus. It is one of a kind in Portugal. The temple was incorporated into a medieval building and thus survived destruction. It has become the city’s most famous landmark. The temple in Corinthian style has six columns in front (Roman hexastyle) with in total fourteen granite columns remaining.

Saint Francis Church: Built between the end of the 15th and the early 16th centuries in mixed Gothic-Manueline styles. The wide nave is a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture. Contains many chapels decorated in Baroque style, including the Chapel of Bones (Capela dos Ossos), totally covered with human bones.

Beside these there are many other architectural beauty in Evora which attract the tourists.

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