Igreja de São João
The small, fabulous Igreja de São João, which faces the Templo Romano, was founded in 1485 by one Rodrigo Afonso de Melo, count of...
Convento dos Lóios
The former Convento dos Lóios, to the right of Igreja de São João, has elegant Gothic cloisters topped by a Renaissance gallery. A...
Palácio dos Duques de Cadaval
Just northwest of the Igreja de São João is the 17th-century facade of a much older palace and castle, as revealed by the two powerful...
At the Associação de Estudantes da Universidade de Évora, this is the main central student hang-out with a laid-back atmosphere.
Vasco da Gama Cafetaria
This laid-back place has a menu which seems to have been translated by one of its student patrons – it has some amusing menu...
Largo do Conde de Vila Flor · interesting places nearby
Templo Romano information
Opposite the Évora Museum are the remains of a Roman temple dating from the 2nd or early 3rd century. It's among the best-preserved Roman monuments in Portugal, and probably on the Iberian Peninsula. Though it's commonly referred to as the Temple of Diana, there's no consensus about the deity to which it was dedicated, and some archaeologists believe it may have been dedicated to Julius Caesar.
How did these 14 Corinthian columns, capped with Estremoz marble, manage to survive in such good shape for some 18 centuries? The temple was apparently walled up in the Middle Ages to form a small fortress, and then used as the town slaughterhouse. It was uncovered late in the 19th century. Obviously these unwitting preservation techniques worked, as the imposing colonnade is stunningly complete.