A world of unexpected contrasts awaits you in the unique city of Evora. It has a history more than two thousand years old. You’ll see labyrinthine streets, squares flooded with light, Renaissance fountains, Moorish courtyards and Gothic doorways and turrets.
This apartment cannot be in a better location. So much to see in Evora, Portugal and so close to this location. You can walk everywhere, to world renowned sites, just steps away. The main entrance door of this 18th century fully renovated building brings you exclusively to the apartment (the entire building except the store) through a stone staircase into the second floor. There you have a living/dinning room and kitchen with all necessary appliances. A hall area is next to another beautiful room with high ceilings and impressive plaster crown molding. This room faces the lovely and charming plaza of Rua Joao de Deus a perfect place to enjoy people-watching and observe the fascinating urban life of this University City. From this building' windows you will have a sense why Evora is also called a museum city. You take an additional stairs into the third floor where you have two bedrooms and an additional room as well as a very nice full bathroom with marble walls and floor. There is also stairs to a roof top patio/terrace with a great view to the back including the National Theater. You are in the center of it all. For reservations or more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-776-9668
Rua Joao de Deus in the historical center of Evora where our building is located
Marble staircase. View from the entrance door
Entrance to living room and kitchen
Dinning room and kitchen
Kitchen shale countertop and living room
Entrance to the living room (which offers a pullout sofa bed)
We also call the living room the Wedding Cake Room because of the beautiful crown molding work and ceiling plaster medallion.
Living room' molding ceiling medallion
Room with stairs to the third floor (in Europe is considered second floor)
3rd floor (2nd in Europe) have 2 bedrooms plus an addition room and full bathroom
Front bedroom facing the Rua Joao de Deus plaza (this plaze is for pedestrians only, no traffic)
The front bedroom has a queen size bed
View from the front bedroom window
All marble full bathroom with bathtube
Back bedroom has a queen size bed
This middle room with a twin bed is next to the back bedroom
The Roman Temple of Diana is just a few blobks away from the apartment
The Romans created the elegant temple, battlements and baths, and the Moorish “Yeborah” influenced the urban network of the Mouraria district. Conquered in the time of King Afonso Henriques, the city captured the imagination of the kings of Portugal. King João II chose it for the wedding of his successor to the daughter of the Catholic Monarchs. King Manuel I established his court in Évora as did King João III.
Nobility accompanied the monarchs and built luxurious palaces, families such as the Counts of Basto and the Dukes of Cadaval settled here.
It was at this time that the Royal Palace and large convents were built, such as the Convent of São Francisco. The Royal Palace is an unusual combination of the Gothic style with the decorative influence of Islam, whilst the Convent of São Francisco is one of the finest churches in Portugal. The 16th Century was a golden age for the city. Artists from Flanders, Italy and Spain flocked here to make their mark. Masters of humanities came from Salamanca and Paris to join the University, which was founded in 1553 and still functions today. Due to its historical significance, UNESCO has classified Évora as a World Heritage site
ESCORTED TOURS OUT OF EVORA
During the Winter and early Spring we may recommend driving tours out of Evora for small groups, around the Alentejo district as well as to Seville, Cordoba and Granada, Spain. You may email us at email@example.com for more details.
Évora has many things to see and do: for visitors, it may be difficult to decide where to go first!
The center of town, known as Praça do Giraldo, is a good place to start and it is a few blocks from the apartment. The plaza is now a pleasant place to stroll, shop or grab some strong Portuguese coffee at a sidewalk café.
If you’re ready to buy some locally made souvenirs, which include good pottery and anything made of cork, head up the Rua 5 de Outubro, a narrow street lined with souvenir shops. The street will take you up to the Loios Convent and Évora’s most famous monument, the Roman Temple of Diana. Miraculously, 14 of the 18 original pillars of the temple are still standing.
One other can’t-miss in Évora is the world-famous Bone Chapel, or Capela dos Ossos. Built as a sort of annex onto the San Francisco Cathedral in the 16th century by a couple of monks that wanted to remind everyone of their own mortality, the chapel is considered beautiful by some and grisly by others, but no one thinks it’s boring. No one knows who the bones belonged to: the monks dug up a local cemetery to get the bones, which were already old in the 16th century.
The cathedral, the Sé in Évora is worth a visit. Construction began in 1186, not long after the city was taken from the Moors. It is an interesting mix of Gothic and Romanesque styles, and the renaissance organ is thought to be one of the oldest in Europe. The choir stalls are also impressive. There is a sacred art museum inside the cathedral. The city museum is right next door: it offers some good information on the long and complicated history of this beautiful town.
If you’ve had enough of the distant past, check out the well-kept public gardens near the church and adjacent to Dom Manuel’s palace. Outside of town you’ll find the ruins of an old aqueduct that once ran all of the way to the central plaza.
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