You should not only by-passing Évora when you travel in Portugal, as it is a wonderful ancient city that worth visiting.
Portugal, a country full of historical and cultural colors. It owns the lively romantic Lisbon capital city, as well as Évora, an acient city survival until now while historical landmarks are still well-preserved. Évora is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage City.
During the Middle Ages, the royal court lived in Évora for a long period of time and the city became the place where many royal weddings and royal ceremonies took place.
Nowadays, Évora has been ranked as the second most livable city in Portugal in 2006. The city owns more than 300 historical landmarks and monuments. The many monuments are used for clutral, artistic and other purposes in the past. A wide variety of architectural style, like Roman, Gothic, Baroque etc, can be found. Everything, including the narrow streets that you will be walking on are also part of the precious cultural heritage. The old town center is still partially enclosed by medieval walls.
The medieval wall protects the monuments to stay in their state as if time has not passed. The walls and monuments were known to the Romans as Liberalitas Julia. The Diana’s temple, a monumental imperial temple still remains inside the old town. You can find many of the perfectly preserved monuments inside the old town area, namely Santo Antão, São Mamede, and Sé e São Pedro.
Ancient University of Evora
In 1551, this university was founded by the Company of Jesus, and has been serving as the center for passing on knowledge. European masters such as Clenardo and Molina has been ‘giving lectures’ in this university. In the 18th century, an expel happened to the Jesuits, who has been spreading religious intellectual knowledge. The university has to be closed due to that incident and reopen only in 1973.
The more urban areas of Evora are Bacelo, Horta das Figueiras, Malagueira, and Senhora da Saúde, which is located outside the ancient city walls.
Spare some time in this ancient city of Evora and then you can trully say that you have been to Portugal.
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