Some of the square turrets and the keep remain intact but much of the castle has either been incorporated into nearby houses (various sections of the walls were actually used as houses) or destroyed during the Wars of the Restoration and the Napoleonic Invasions.
The Spanish bishop D. Julião de Alva, chaplain to Queen Catarina, ordered the building of the Cathedral. The exterior was substantially altered between 1737 and 1798, resulting in the Baroque façade with its two pyramid-shaped bell towers, and the cloister of carved stone arches. The interior is designed as a traditional Alentejo hall church. There are several Mannerist altarpieces and the sacristy has panels of blue and white decorative tiles depicting the Virgin Mary and the Flight to Egypt. The building also contains a Museum Centre dedicated to sacred art.
HOUSE OF THE POET JOSÉ RÉGIO
Contains a small museum assembled by the poet which consists of items of popular art, votive offerings, panels, tinware and oratories, in addition to primitive Alentejo craft items and 16th. century Gothic carved wooden images of Christ. (R Poeta José Régio. 9.30 am - 12.30 pm and 2 pm – 6 pm. Closed on Mondays).
MUNICIPAL MUSEUM AND LIBRARY
Formerly a Diocesan Seminary founded in the sixteenth century and renovated in 1765. Contains some very valuable items divided into different sections and dating from different periods, including Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and later eras. Arraiolos rugs, altarpieces, dishes, shrines – a host of items await you. (245 300 120. R José Maria da Rosa. 9.30 am -12.30 pm and 2 pm – 6 pm. Closed on Tuesdays, public holidays and the local holiday, 23 May; €2).