Sunday, August 22, 2010
Visit the historical city of Evora, Portugal
Evora, a Portuguese city in the municipality of Evora, is home to approximately 42,000 inhabitants. Evora is ranked second in the annual survey of most liveable Portuguese cities and first in a study concerning the competitiveness of the 18 Portuguese district capitals.
Due to its well-preserved old town center, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and numerous monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, Evora is recognized as an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This museum-city, whose roots go back to Roman times, reached its golden age in the 15th century, when it became the residence of the Portuguese kings. Its unique quality stems from the whitewashed houses decorated with azulejos and wrought-iron balconies dating from the 16th to the 18th century. Its monuments had a profound influence on Portuguese architecture in Brazil.
Photo courtesy of UNESCO