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ÉVORA
ÁGUA DA PRATA AQUEDUCT
This aqueduct, which extends 9 km and was built in the 16th. century, carried water from a spring to the city of Évora, where it was always in short supply. When it reaches the city it becomes a monument, with various decorative turrets, whereas on the rest of its route it is simple and elegant in style.
CATHEDRAL

This is a grandiose building of considerable size which dates from the beginning of the 13th. century and marks the transition from the Romanesque to the Gothic style. It still has the appearance of a fortification that is typical of this style. The main façade features a deep doorway protected by two sturdy Medieval bell towers. The main portal is lined with magnificent sculptures of the apostles beneath capitals decorated with leaf motifs, standing on corbels adorned with fantastic human and animal figures. The apostles are the best examples of Portuguese medieval sculpture, comparable only with the work in the Batalha monastery.

In the interior, the ground plan is Romanesque but the decorations and finishings are Gothic. There is an imposing central nave with a high vault and beautiful ogival arches. There are two more lateral naves extending 70 m, the longest in the country. In addition to many chapels, including the chancel which dates from the reign of King João V, the most impressive feature of the interior is the spiritually uplifting arched space leading to the altar.
There is also a grandiose and beautiful 15th. century Gothic cloister, weathered by time.

CONDES DE BASTO PALACE
Containing part of the ancient Roman wall and incorporating and preserving the Sertório Tower, this building has fine twin Mudejar windows with horseshoe arches and Renaissance galleries. Inside there are some beautifully executed murals dating from 1578, representing battles at sea and mythological scenes.
DUQUES DO CADAVAL PALACE
The palace is part of the so-called Old Castle of 1384. It is a horizontal white structure flanked by the two remaining castle towers, making it look like a cross between a castle and a civilian residence.
ÉVORA UNIVERSITY
The inner façade of the University, which opens onto the cloisters, is a work of rare finesse, proportions and beauty. In the centre stands the imposing façade of the Great Hall, a Baroque work with sculptured figures above it. The two-storey cloister has a square ground plan, with Tuscan columns and full arches. The columns are relatively slender in proportion to the rest of the building, giving it a light, Renaissance appearance.
NOSSA SENHORA DA GRAÇA CHURCH
A Mannerist building with a particularly sophisticated decorative style, both in terms of its architectural composition and its decorative sculpture. Four giants are seated, almost grotesquely, on top of the pillars of the upper part of the façade, in front of flaming spheres. Two smaller angels stand on the pediment above. The upper part of the façade also contains circles with stone rosettes. Inside there is a Renaissance cloister and a carved marble window.
PRAÇA DO GIRALDO
The long main square contains many of the most important buildings in Évora, together with esplanades, shops and a white marble fountain with a bronze crown in the centre that was built in 1571. The lower façades of the buildings have archways that surround almost the entire square and are particularly pleasant in summertime. A masterpiece of urban design.
ROMAN TEMPLE
Often called the Temple of Diana, this is, in fact, a temple that was built in honour of the Emperor. It is one of the most complete examples of a temple dating from this classic civilisation that existed in the whole of Iberia. The rear columns have survived intact with perfect Corinthian capitals.
Sections of the 3rd. century Latin city walls can also be seen in Évora, sometimes embedded into houses.
S. FRANCISCO CHURCH
The church appears to be a series of structures flanked by other smaller buildings. The façade has a covered galilee surrounded by seven imposing arches crowned with pinnacles and merlons and is a blend of Gothic and Moorish styles.
The interior has a ground plan in the shape of a Latin cross and only one nave, with Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo chapels. The Capelas da Ordem Terceira (Chapels of the Third Order) are lined with decorative tiles and canvases depicting historic scenes. The Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of the Bones) is decorated with hundreds of human bones and skeletons, which may prove either fascinating or repellent depending on your sensibilities. It is a particularly macabre chapel, designed as a place of meditation for the Franciscan monks.
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