Évora (city centre - 38°34'15.0"N 7°54'33.8"W) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, capital of Alentejo Province, Portugal. Only one hour away from the capital Lisbon, Évora rises from the plains of Alentejo as a medieval city, but there is much more to tell of its twenty centuries of history. Évora has left the memories of several civilizations imprinted in its walls. The city has evolved from an imperial Roman town, a Moorish commercial outpost, a Medieval stronghold to a 21st century museum-city plenty of history. Each monument reflects the story of the Roman Empire, each street claims the Moorish daily life, every wall speaks of heroic battles and conquering quests of Medieval times. Among the most iconic monuments, there is the Roman Temple, a symbol of the importance of this town for the Roman civilization, the Cerca Velha (Old Wall) and old Moorish quarters, the Medieval and Catholic influences are noticeable in the city’s Cathedral, the convent of São Francisco (with its’ Bones Chapel), and the Palace of D. Manuel. Beyond the city fortress, history lives side by side with natural values. In the nearby areas, there are important archaeologic remains from the Neolithic period, such as the Cromeleque dos Almendres (Cromlech) and the Anta Grande do Zambujeiro (dolmen), interlaced with beautiful natural areas. Surrounding the city, there is one of the most biodiverse and emblematic Mediterranean natural systems - the Portuguese Montado.
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