I’ve been in Mourão twice, both times… to eat.
In this second time I demanded a few minutes to look around, and caught a general idea of the city.
That’s all, until the third visit.
Maybe to eat!
The traditional look of Alentejo is well present in City’s centre.
Small sized buildings giving a village look, white walls, and an absolute calm are, really the true Alentejo at its best.
Conquered by the Christians in 1271, this castle witnessed many wars, suffering the consequent transformations. In one of them some Manueline details were added.
This church, integrated in the city walls, was built by order of king Pedro II, in 1681.
Seriously damaged by Lisbon earthquake in 1755, it was restored about 50 years ago, respecting its original Baroque style.
A very simple church, built in 1719 in Baroque style, became even simpler in 1998 after a few reconstruction works.
It is located close to City Hall.
It is nice, the central square of Mourão.
Dominated by a flourished band stand, classified as national monument, the well gardened square, with Portuguese cobblestone pavements, is surrounded by elegant buildings respecting the style proportions and colors of the region.
S. Francisco church
Linked to Misericórdia church by an arch, the interior of this small Baroque church is covered by tiles from the 18th century.
No changes were made, and everything in it is original.
Alentejo has a typical architecture, with some similarities to Algarve and the north of Africa, but with specific differences – low houses, thick walls always painted in white to reflect the heat and with big chimneys.
Mourão matches the regional standards, but with a local detail – the big chimneys are round.