For those who enjoy thousands of years of history told through architecture, the city of Evora is a must see during your trip to Portugal.  The city is located in the Alentejo plains district, east of Lisbon.

The Historic Centre of Evora was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1986.  Evora also has the distinction of being a member of the Most Ancient European Cities Network. This is a group of ten cities throughout the continent that has the longest proven history of any city in the world.

Among the many sights to see you will find:

Roman Temple of Evora:  Thought to have been constructed in the first-century, this ancient Roman temple was dedicated to Emperor Augustus. There are certain parts of the original temple that still stand today.

Cathedral of Evora: Built between 1280 and 1340, the cathedral is one of the most impressive old Gothic era structures in existence.  Parts of the cathedral also contain Manueline and Baroque style flourishes.

Palace of Vasco de Gama:  Toward the end of his life, after discovering India, famed Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama lived in this palace now named in his honour.  Many paintings and murals from the Renaissance period have been well preserved in the palace.

Renaissance Fountain:  Built at Largo das Portas de Moura in 1556, this ornate fountain is a tribute to the Age of Discovery, where explorers (many of whom were Portuguese) discovered many parts of the ‘New World.’  The fountain is in the shape of a globe, with a water display around the fountain.

Evora enjoys warm summers with plenty of daylight.  The July/August high temperatures reach a very nice 30 degrees Celsius with night-time lows of 16 degrees.  Early on in the year, the temperature rarely exceeds 14 degrees Celsius, with lows  of 6 degrees.

The nearest airport to Evora that services both domestic and international flights is Lisbon Portela Airport, 110 kilometres away from the city centre.  If travelling to or around the Evora area, you may want to consider car hire at Portela Airport.

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