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Vitamarie Miele-Chu, Garden City, NY, USA
One of Portugal’s World Heritage sites – Evora offers a wonderful insight into the cultures that contributed to Portugal’s history. The New York Times describes it as “2,000 years of history in 20 paces.” The architecture inside this beautiful walled town includes Roman, Gothic and Baroque styles. Its golden age was from the 14th-16th centuries when the Avis dynasty brought the Portuguese court to town. Highlights include the medieval cathedral, the Pousada located inside the former convent dating from the 15th century, the House Museum of the Cadaval family in the family palace, and of course the aqueduct. And although it doesn't sound appealing, the Church of San Francisco’s Chapel of Bones with real skulls and bones from 5,000 monks, is also well worth visiting.
Evora is part of the Alentejo region famed for its gastronomy, so you’ll eat like a king here and drink some wonderful local wines also. If you have time you can visit a winery or two in the area. You’ll find a lot of cork here and not just on the bottles – the cork industry is thriving and you’ll be able to pick up some beautiful crafts made from cork in one of the many artisan workshops in the town.
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