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Wed Jun 20, 2018 | horas: 08:00 - 11:00PM
XII Festival Medieval de Elvas
Wed Jun 20, 2018 | horas: 08:00 - 07:00PM
Exposição Santo António Padroeiro
Wed Jun 20, 2018 | horas: 08:00 - 05:00PM
Férias Ativas
Wed Jun 20, 2018 | horas: 10:00 - 06:00PM
"A sedução de uma vírgula bem colocada - The pull of a well placed comma"
Wed Jun 20, 2018 | horas: 21:00 - 11:00PM
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Natural Heritage

Published on Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:27

The Municipality of Elvas is part of North Alentejo, a territorial unit characterized by an enormous natural and landscape diversity, which is representative of the Alentejo peneplain of open horizons, wide cultivated fields, “montados” or dehesa, olive trees, vineyards, watercourses and reservoirs.

The municipality of Elvas has two excellent water plants, on the reservoirs of “Caia” e “Alqueva”, therefore the nautical activities and fishing are attractive offers, besides hunting. The reservoir of “Caia” is the most important of southeast region of North Alentejo, plus the abundant winter aqua avifauna, namely the mallard, herons, Eurasian widgeon, etc. The landscape evolving the Hermitage of Senhora da Ajuda and the Bridge of Ajuda (which leads to Olivença), surrounded by the Guadiana River is also stunning.

The massive of Santa Eulália, with its characteristic granite outcrops, is a sub volcanic structure, geologically relevant.

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Civil Heritage

Published on Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:25

The House of Culture

The House of Culture is located in the Praça da República, in the centre of the city, in a building dated from 1538 that once served as the town hall.

The building was constructed next to the second Islamic wall and suffered several modifications throughout the second half of the eighteenth century.

Outside the building it is important to highlight the beautiful sixteenth century gallery that leads to the Praça da República and a “Manuelina” window from which we can see the Cadeia Street. On the portal we observe the coat of arms of the city with the knight and the banner, a masterpiece from the last third of the eighteenth century. Inside we can observe the noble room with paintings of Cyrillo Volkmar Machado and in the hall, that is used as the exhibition room, we can find a part of the Islamic wall that was discovered inside the walls of the building when it was lastly remodeled. Nowadays, as the House of Culture, this space hosts several temporary exhibitions and other cultural events.

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Religious Heritage

Published on Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:09

Church Aljube

It served as a former dependency of the Bishopric of Elvas and it was used as a prison church. It was built in the seventeenth century by order of the Bishop D. Baltasar de Faria Vilas-Boas whose coat of arms can be identified on the exterior wall of the building.

Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição

The Chapel of Nossa Senhora da Conceição was built over the “Porta da Esquina” in the the sixteenth century. However the temple suffered several modifications during the following century, visible through the interior walls covered with ceramic titles from the eighteenth century. The titles reveal different designs of Dutch influence from 1780.

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Military Heritage

Published on Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:22

Assento

It is a magnificent building located in the centre of the city of Elvas. After its construction, in the seventeenth century, it served as a deposit of wheat, barley and hay as well as a bakery, in order to provide the army stationed in Elvas. The building is constituted by two floors. The first floor was divided into the stables and food warehouse. On the roof, we can observe six chimneys that corresponded to the ovens of the superior floor where, according to old sources, it could be produced, in twenty four hours, up to 28 thousand rations of “arrátel e meio” bread (about 500 grams). In the main courtyard, it is important to refer a small marble fountain. Over the entrance portal we can find the Portuguese coat of arms. 

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