Evora – ancient Portuguese city

The enchanted city of Evora dates back to the time of the Celts when the town was first known as Ebora. The area is rich in history and is said to be as old as time itself. Some of the finest displays of Roman architecture exited in this Portuguese town. It is said that the temple built within the city of Evora was considered to be the finest and most glorious of all temples made in honor of the emperor Augustus.

Of course there is much more to the city than just its Roman influence. Much of the city displays a picturesque mixture of its many centuries of existence. You will find gothic cathedrals, cobblestone paths and narrow streets lined with large archways and whitewashed buildings. All over town you will find a number of artesian shops that boast a wide selection of different works of art.

EVORA photo
Photo by Julia G.2007

Of course we cannot forget the importance of enjoying the local cuisine when you chose to visit this ancient Portuguese city. Some say that Evora is one of the most romantic of all of the cities in Portugal. Every year countless couples make their way to this beautiful city to rekindle their love for one another.

After the great earthquake of 1755 which destroyed Libson, Evora became one of the few remaining cities that showcased the golden era of Portugal. There are many historical sites located throughout the city. The 2nd oldest university in Portugal can be found in Evora. Because of the number of college students in the city, the night life is one of the liveliest in the nation.

EVORA photo
Photo by Portugal 2007

While there are many great places to see and things to do inside the city, perhaps the greatest sites of historical importance in the region can be found just outside the city limits. Nearby you will find the Escoural Cave which is home to a number of drawings that can be dated back to the Paleolithic Era, about 25,000 B.C. There are a number of exquisite palaces in the surrounding countryside and even a 14th century castle which is home to one of the most active markets in the city.

There are a number of archeological sites which date back to the 4th, 5th and 6th centuries B.C. These include the Courela da Casa Nova Menhir, Conjunto Megalítico do Olival da Pega as well as several others. Then of course there are the numerous UNESCO heritage cites located throughout the city which includes the Paço Ducal de Vila Viçosa, Castelo de Estremoz and many others.

You will find that the city of Evora has much to offer any visitor no matter what time of year they chose to visit.

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