Attractions

Museum in Beja

Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

Founded in 1459, this Franciscan convent was the location for the romance between a nun and soldier that inspired Letters of a Portuguese Nun. Indeed a romantic setting, it’s a delicate balance between no-nonsense G…
Museum in Beja

Centro de Arqueologia e Artes

Under construction at time of research, this new museum will house some of the great archaeological finds unearthed in Beja in recent years. Pieces date back to the Iron Age (the 7th century BC) and include relics f…
Ruins in Beja

Núcleo Museológico da Rua do Sembrano

This modern museum contains more than meets the eye – the exhibition is underfoot and displayed through a glass floor. Iron Age finds were discovered here during building works in the 1980s, and the site was deemed …
Museum in Beja

Museu Visigótico

Found just beyond the castle, the unusual Visigothic museum is housed in the former Igreja de Santo Amaro, parts of which date from the early 6th century when it was a Visigothic church – meaning it’s one of Portuga…
Plaza in Beja

Praça da República

This renovated attractive town square with a pelourinho (stone pillory) is the historic heart of the old city. Dominating the square is the 16th-century Igreja de Misericórdia, a hefty church with an immense porch –…
Museum in Beja

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres e Museu Episcopal

Several museums of religious artworks opened in Beja some years back. So great was the wealth of the Catholic Church that no single space can display all of the paintings and other items. The most attractive is hous…
Historic Building in Beja

Santa Casa da Misericórdia

For a dip into history, take a stroll through the fascinating corridors of this once grand hospital. It opened back in the early 1500s (only closing to patients in 1969), and you can still see some of the painstakin…
Museum in Beja

Museu Jorge Vieira

A charming, small museum, devoted to the work of renowned Portuguese sculptor Jorge Vieira, who donated his works to Beja. His monumental bulbous figures and strange creatures capture the imagination, calling to min…
Museum in Beja

Museu Regional

Tucked inside the splendid Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição is the Museu Regional, displaying Roman lamps, glass bottles and stelae, and 16th-century paintings. The admission fee includes entry to the Museu Vi…
Castle in Beja

Castelo

Dom Dinis built this castle on Roman foundations in the late 13th century. Eventually, the Torre de Menagem may (re)open to visitors. The turismo is located here.