Journey to a World Heritage Site – Évora

Évora is the capital city of the province of Alentejo, in the south of Portugal.

Due to its well-preserved old town centre and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.

The history of Évora has more than 2000 years old. It was known as Ebora in the period of the Celts. In 57 BC, the Romans conquered it and expanded it into a walled town. Ebora became a flourishing city, as it laid in the junction of several main routes.

During the barbarian period the city declined. However, with the arrival of the Moorish, it slowly began to prosper again and developed into an agricultural center with a fortress and a mosque. The current character of the city provides evidence of this Moorish influence.

In 1165 this city was conquered by the Portuguese, having an important role in Portuguese history ever since.

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