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Although Évora is a small city in the Alentejo region of Portugal, it has many reasons to be visited due its rich history, nature and also the unique typical dishes of the city and the region in general.
The city, which could be described as a museum city, has a large number of monuments of varies historical periods within its small area. The history of the city goes back almost 2000 years during the deferent historical period of the region from the Celtic Romans and the Moorish, to recent times.
The cathedral of Évora is one of the most important touristic sites of the city. The cathedral was added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1988. The main building of was built between 1184 and 1204, while its final structure was not completed until 1746. It is considered the largest medieval Cathedral in Portugal.
Near the cathedral there is another important site in the city – the roman temple. The temple is the most architectural structure to show the Roman civilization of the city. The temple is also included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, having been built during the 2nd century.
Within the city, the University of Évora is also worth a visit as it is the second oldest university in Portugal after the University of Coimbra. The university was founded in 1559 but didn’t become a public university until 1973. Currently, it is the home to around 10.000 students.
The taste of Évora
Açorda is one of the typical dishes of Portugal and especially for the Alentejo region. The dish is made of garlic, coriander, olive oil, water, salt and eggs. There are a lot of variations, such as Açorda with shrimps or with cod fish.
Visiting Évora will also give you the opportunity to try the typical Alentejan desserts in its homeland which would be another great reason to experience the local life of the region. You could have the pick between sericaia (an egg sweet), bolo podre (a cake of coconut and tapioca), pão de rala (thin bread) and Mel e Nóz (a cake of honey and walnut).
Évora is well connected with other parts of the country with trains running regularly and high ways near by. There are also regular busses from Lisbon and other cities serving the local inhabitants and tourists. Within the city there are different grades of hotels that meets different budgets and requirements.
You visit to Évora will without a doubt give you sense of the history and rich culture of Portugal.
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