Things to do in Evora

Top Things to Do in Evora, Portugal - Evora Attractions

Things to Do in Evora

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  • RichardK938
    West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
    Thousands of human bones lining a chapel. Kind of grotesque and not even unique in Europe. Not worth your time or the cost of the ticket.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • chimayred
    Durham, NH2,230 contributions
    just a delightful sunny relaxing square., Good busker. Helpful TI. central to the old town. Great place to hang out and relax before or after walking tour.
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • RichardK938
    West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
    These stone formations are thousands of years older than Stonehenge and very interesting. The exploration along dirt roads to find them is half the fun. There are 2 sites so make sure you see them both.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • RichardK938
    West Palm Beach, FL728 contributions
    This is another huge Portuguese cathedral that is not to be missed. It's kind of a mix of Romanesque and Gothic but the interior brick work is very interesting.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • Margie D
    York, PA612 contributions
    I'm always amazed at any Roman ruins! The ruins of the Temple of Diana are an imposing structure in the middle of this square. This Roman temple dates back to the 1st century!
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • LuizDutraNeto
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,618 contributions
    In 1559, the famous Infante Dom Henrique, Cardenal of Évora and future King of Portugal, commissioned the construction of the "Colégio do Espírito Santo", a seminar for the young members and future priests of the "Companhia de Jesus". The college became later the "Universidade do Espírito Santo" and, in 1973, the "Universidade de Évora" was created. Today, near 8,000 students attend classes in its 16th century campus! Visit the ancient cloisters, check the magnificent Portuguese tiles and the church turned into classroom! Enjoy!
    Written 9 December 2020
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  • LuizDutraNeto
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,618 contributions
    While visiting Évora, in the Portuguese region of Alentejo, it will be impossible to miss the ancient Walls! Nearly untouched after so many centuries ... The "Walls of Évora" are remnants of the Roman years in "Lusitânia", dating partially from the 1st century ... They were later rebuilt by Visigoths and Moors, until Portuguese King Dom Afonso IV, in the 15th century, ordered their enlargement, with the construction of new ramparts, towers and gates, setting the limits of the medieval town. As you will notice, with so many additions, it has characteristics from many different military architectural styles. If time is not a constraint, you can even try to walk the whole perimeter of the awesome "Walls of Évora"! Enjoy!
    Written 10 December 2020
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  • Marty Bielicki
    Jensen Beach, FL14,047 contributions
    2022 Church of St. Francis, Evora

    The Franciscan Monks started building this church and complex during the 14th century. The church itself was barren—pure-- for a long time until the Franciscans left. Wealthy families in the 18th century started to decorate the church making it more into a gold-plated Baroque style.

    What most people come here to see is the Chapel of the Bones. Indeed, if you do not have a fear of seeing “bones,” this is the place for you. My wife walked in, and quickly walked out. There are 5000 bones—including skulls-- which 3 monks collected in over 40 cemeteries in Evora. There idea was to have people sway against the material life and adopt a more spiritual one. These bones are here to make you think. There is a saying (in Portuguese) on the entrance to the chapel, “We bones in here wait for yours to join us.”

    Ironically, the three monks that arranged all these bones are buried in a white coffin in the chapel. Go figure.

    Seeing the Chapel of the Bones will cost you about 2 or so Euros—actually quite nominal. There is a small fee to take pictures. I had my small camera in my pants not knowing there was a charge. The church, cloister and museum are free.

    The cloister had impressive tile as we most remember. The museum is filled with plenty of church artifacts. There was no problem taking pictures without flash. Ironically, the Evora Cathedral Museum, locate near the Roman temple, would not allow pictures at all.

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    Written 28 April 2022
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  • Ron W
    Cedar City, UT172 contributions
    This is great little museum that only cost 1.50 Euro each. A great collection of art with many religious artifacts. Located on a square with the Roman Temple ruins and a small park with great views.
    Written 14 November 2019
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  • LuizDutraNeto
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,618 contributions
    The Baroque fountain stands almost at the center of "Praça do Giraldo", right in front of the beautiful "Igreja de Santo Antão", in the historic quarter of Évora. It dates from the 16th century, is made of marble and has eight spouts - each symbolising one of the main streets of Évora. On its top, a royal crown! Stroll along the square and visit the ancient "Chafariz da Praça do Giraldo". Enjoy!
    Written 8 December 2020
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  • chimayred
    Durham, NH2,230 contributions
    There are various ways to see this. It is incorporated into buildings in the center of Evora that you can see on a walking tour. If you go to the Garden of Diana near the Temple Ruins, you can see an extensive view of it kind of disappearing into the distance. Regardless of your take on whether or not this is worth seeing, stop to think that the Roman Empire lasted for centuries and extended west as far as Portugal and England and east well into the Middle East. And then to be able to walk around and see and touch this. Moving.
    Written 16 April 2022
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  • ERIC W
    Knoxville, TN4,208 contributions
    Beautiful little church covered in incredible tiles. We paid 8 euros per person and got entry to the church and an old private mansion with a very eclectic art/artifact collection. We really enjoyed it Need about an hour to see it all Check for the holes in the floor in the middle of the church to see the bones
    Written 9 January 2020
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  • Proteus7
    13 contributions
    The Cartuxa 2015 (red) and their attempt at organic wine (also red) were very good. Definite purchases.

    Serge gave us the tour; nice guy. The rooms were very big, so there was a bit of an echoe and Serge spoke a little too quickly making it difficult to follow what he was saying.

    The tasting was very well done, with bread, meat and cheeses. Serge kindly allowed us to finish off the bottles of wine we preferred.
    Written 6 November 2019
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  • AnaB635
    Romford, UK41 contributions
    Took us a while to find the Termas Romans, or Roman Bath to you and I. We finally found it inside the Council Building! There was a security guard outside, who informed us to go inside. We were expecting something like the Roman baths in Bath, England. There are offices built around this monument would you believe it!
    We liked seeing this Roman Bath, but wish that it was more accessible for all to see.
    Written 1 March 2020
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  • GKD60
    Sydney, Australia518 contributions
    We visited and saw the beautiful frescos, it is only €1 to get in.

    It wasn’t until a guide explained the mythical tales that they took on a whole new meaning.
    The fight between good and evil.

    Written 29 October 2019
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