Évora is a city of about 50,000 people in southern Portugal, located 70 miles E of Lisbon. The religious, historical and architectural importance of Évora's historic center earned it World Heritage status in 1986. This region has been settled since prehistoric times - megaliths from 4,000 BC can be seen a few miles outside the city. In 80 BC, the Roman city of Liberalitas Julia was founded here. Later, Évora was ruled by the Visigoths, the Moors (from 715), and Catholic kings (from 1166). It became a favored base for the court of the Kingdom of Portugal. The Jesuits were active here from the 16th to 18th centuries and Évora's university was an important center of learning. Today, the walled town of Évora contains many sites of religious interest in a full range of architectural styles (Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline, Renaissance, Baroque), reflecting its rich history. You can even sleep in a historical religious site: many of Évora's hotels are former convents.
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