Evoramonte – history in rural landscape


To see Evoramonte – place of peace

90% of the 10% of Portuguese that heard about Evoramonte know that it was the place of an agreement to end a civil war.

I was among them.

Passing by, I discovered that it still has a castle, and the old walls. Searching Internet I learned that:

Evoramonte, about 35km/22mi northeast of Évora, is worth a visit. 

Prominently situated above the newer town on a hill (474m/1,555ft), the old town center, with its winding alleys and little white houses, is still surrounded by its walls. 

At its highest point stands the Castle, built in the 14th C. on the ruins of a Moorish predecessor and rebuilt after an earthquake in 1531. The recently restored, yellow painted fort can be visited. A plaque on the wall of a house on the left side of the main street, past the walls, commemorates the fact that the Treaty of Évoramonte concluding the “Miguelist” wars was signed here on May 26, 1834.””

​That’s written in Planetware

The Castle

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Evoramonte - history in rural landscape

16 Km distant from Évora and supposedly dating from 1160, the castle was seriously damaged by an earthquake in 1531, being repaired as a palace, in Italian renaissance style.

​That style gives it a very strange look, very uncommon in Portugal.​

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Evoramonte - history in rural landscape

The town is small, and the castle contrasts seriously with the typical look of the villages of Alentejo. Scattered in the villages there are some ruins that may come from the original castle.

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