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Inside the walls

Catedral da Sé

Built in 1186 in Romanesque style and later restored in the Gothic. Don’t miss the shrine studded with 1,426 precious stones—and a piece of wood thought to be from the True Cross. The seasonal vegetarian lunch spot behind the Cathedral is cheap and cheerful.

Igreja dos Loios

Constructed in 1485 as a convent over the ruins of an Arabian castle. The “azulejos” tiles are exceptional and the Portuguese signer of the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494) is buried here.

Água de prata aqueduct

This is a masterpiece of engineering work from the 16th century and one of our iconic monuments. Follow the aqueduct inside the walls of Évora and see how homes have been built inside the arches. It makes for a great photo.

Capela dos Ossos

Built in the 16th century by Franciscan monks to invite contemplation on the transitory nature of life. Approximately 5,000 skeletons, from 42 local cemeteries, are on display—ironically, all but the bones of the monks who created the chapel.

University of Évora

This 16th century Jesuit university is the second oldest in Portugal. We love the azulejos that decorate the classroom entrances representing each of the subjects taught.

Praça do Giraldo

Great way to spend a hour and do some people watching. The center piece of our main square is a marble fountain that dates from the 1570’s.