In the 16th century Évora was together with Lisbon the capital of Portugal and the Empire. Several kings use to live there, and with them all the court and their officers. For that reason this City received a lot of important buildings and art works. This city was also one of the most important Iberian Cities since the ancient times, and the roman Diana temple is one example. Come with us and visit the roman Diana Temple, The Cathedral, the amazing bones chapel and the historic center and taste the wonderful Alentejo flavors. Than we go to Vila Viçosa, a little village with an incredible palace, built by the most powerful Portuguese aristocratic family: the royal family of The Dukes of Bragança.
Roman Diana Temple
The Roman Temple 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 Évora, a sort of visiting card.
The Cathedral is, in parallel with the Roman Temple, one of the most emblematic monuments of the city. It is the largest medieval cathedral in Portugal and has no parallel in the rest of the country. It was built in the XIII and XIV centuries under the royal patronage of D. Afonso III and Bishop Durando Pais, in the Romanesque and Gothic styles, including the ogival portico, decorated with sculptures of the Apostolate and the cloister.
Capela dos Ossos
Capela dos Ossos Évora, Igreja de São Francisco
The Chapel of Bones is located in the Church of St. Francis and was built in the 17th century by three Franciscan monks who intended to convey the message of the transience of life. The Chapel of Bones is a fascinating chapel with a very particular atmosphere.