Evora Monsaraz

    Add to the Évora tour, the medieval village of Monsaraz, an incredible and amazing place close to the largest artificial lake in Europe.

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    Évora is the capital of Portugal's south-central Alentejo region. Due to its well-preserved old town centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, the city won the classification of UNESCO heritage site. An open air museum that granted the Most Ancient European Towns Network membership.
    Is one of the oldest and most important monuments in the city. The very first structures were raised 18 after the Christian reconquered the city in 1166. Through the centuries has been modified to become the largest mediaeval cathedrals in Portugal, and one of its best examples of Gothic architecture. The museum of sacred art brimming with rare and priceless artefacts fashioned out of gold, silver, and other precious metals is also one attractions for visitors. It is common belief that flags of the fleet of Vasco da Gama on his first expedition to the Orient, were blessed in the first presbytery of the cathedral in 1497.
    The city's tourist attraction is still often referred to as the Temple to Diana, dedicated to the Roman goddess.; this remains Évora's head-turning crowd pleaser, and one of Portugal's most significant Roman landmarks. Believed to have been erected in the 2nd or 3rd century AD, the 14 surviving columns topped by Corinthian capitals stand solid over a granite base. At night, the temple is illuminated and the soft, ethereal glow only adds to its grandeur and mystique.
    The most macabre tourist attraction in Portugal. Visitors of a sensitive disposition beware. The Bone Chapel is lined with the remains of 5,000 monks, disinterred from local cemeteries ostensibly to make room for lesser mortals. Hundreds of skulls and broken skeletons wallpaper the 16th-century oratory buolt by a Franciscan monk who, in the Counter-Reformation spirit of that era, wanted to prod his fellow brothers into contemplation and transmit the message of life being transitory. In that sense, no one appears fazed by the sarcastic reminder across the entrance that reads. We bones that are here await yours. Despite its creepy reputation, the chapel draws tourists of all ages fascinated by its gruesome interior design.
    The university was founded in 1559, is the second oldest university in the country, established by cardinal Henry, and receiving University status in April of the same year from Pope Paul IV. Its administrative control was granted to the newly formed Society of Jesus.The Jesuit college in Évora operated between 1559 and 1759, when Jesuit where banished by the Min ister of the Kingdom Marquis of Pombal. Today is a public university.
    The hallowed ambiance enlivened by the use of tiles to depict studious themes such as Aristotle teaching Alexander, and Plato lecturing to disciples. Its graceful Renaissance cloister is dripping with sculpted marble and embellished by sky blue azulejos (tiles). But the real learning experience begins in the classrooms, the walls of which have been decorated with tiled panels representing each of the subjects taught. Some of the panels are enormous - complete works of art that still gleam 200 years after being painted. The school is still used by students, and visitors must check with the gatekeeper before exploring. The 18th-century Baroque chapel, known as the Sala dos Actos, is certainly worth investigating.
    Giraldo Square named in honour of knight Fearless Geraldo Geraldes, the man who conquered Evora from the Moors in 1167. To thank him King Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, nominated him Governor of Evora (alcaide of Evora) and High Protector of the Borders of Alentejo, region which he would help to conquer.
    Discover this medieval village extremely well preserved, visit the castle, The church the arena. Comtemple the lake, which is the biggest in europe.
    End the day with a gastronomy proof of concept. Try the region wines and the Alentejo gastronomy!

    Tour type: Daily Tour
    Duration: 10 Hours
    Maximum number of people: 8
    Location: Evora Tours, Reguengos of Monsaraz
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