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Estremoz – visit the historic white city in Alentejo, Portugal

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Estremoz is one of the “white cities” in Alentejo. You can recognise it from far away for its white houses, spread across a hill. They are embraced by old walls and protected by the impressive donjon. The people of Estremoz are friendly and hospitable, like everybody in Alentejo, south of Portugal. The name “white city” comes from the colour of the houses but also from …

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Vila Viçosa, visit Portugal History in Alentejo

Vila Viçosa Palace

Vila Viçosa is known as the “Princess of Alentejo”, Portugal. Although small, this is one of the most precious and charming jewels of Alentejo. The village is truly an open-air museum. The name Vila Viçosa (lush village) is due to the fertility of the soils and the charming territory. This village in Alentejo Portugal is Florbela Espanca’s hometown, one of the country’s most notorious poetesses. …

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King Manuel Palace in Evora, Palácio D. Manuel

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King Manuel Palace is, still today, one of the most beautiful buildings in Evora. This monument is located inside Evora Public Park, in the tranquility of a green space with terraces and benches from where you can admire the palace. The history of King Manuel Palace is a bit turbulent, like the one of many buildings which are part of Evora’s heritage. King Afonso ordered …

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Evora Cathedral, Main Church Evora

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Evora Cathedral! You can see its silhouette from very far away, drawn up on the urban landscape. Known locally as Sé de Évora, its real name is Basílica Sé de Nossa Senhora da Assunção (Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption). It is the largest medieval cathedral in Portugal and has no match in the rest of the country. The Cathedral of Evora “protects” the …

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Evora Roman Temple, Diana Temple

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The Roman Temple in Evora is one of the greatest and best preserved roman temples in the Iberian Peninsula. That is why it was considered World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986. This is the ex-libris of the city, a sort of visiting card. And, of course, the most important representative of the Roman remains in Evora. Looking at this Roman Temple, also wrongly known as …

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Megalithic Circuit Evora Alentejo

megalithic circuit evora alentejo

There are many megalithic monuments on the outskirts of Evora and throughout central Alentejo. This prehistoric riches in Alentejo is one of the most important in the Iberian Peninsula and even in Europe. So, it makes sense to talk about a Megalithic Circuit in Evora and consider this city as the capital of Iberian megalithic. After you quietly sleep in a hotel in Evora, go …

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Bones Chapel in Evora, Sao Francisco Church

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Bones Chapel in Evora always comes to mind when you think of this city. Because it is scary or simply because it is one more of its great monuments. They are all spectacular. That’s why Evora is a World Heritage site according to UNESCO. But some are more fascinating than others! Bones Chapel is one of the most popular monuments in Evora. We can even …

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University of Evora, Colegio do Espírito Santo

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The University of Evora (Evora University) is composed of several buildings, spread across town and the surrounding area, which accommodate the different departments. Practically all of them are restorations of old historical structures closely linked to the rich past of Evora. The most important building of the University of Evora is the Colégio do Espírito Santo, one of the places most visited by tourists from …

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