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Welcome to EVORA
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Information about EVORA Évora is located about 150km south east of Lisbon, on top of a hill on the vast Alentejo plain. It is dominated by its imposing cathedral, with its two unequal towers. The surrounding area provided open mining of copper and iron, and quarrying of high quality marble. Initially, this city was captured from the Moors by the Portuguese. Later, Évora became more important in the Middle Ages, when it was chosen by the Jesuits as a seat of learning and culture. Its University was founded in the 16th Century. Declared by UNESCO as one of their World Heritage Sites, the city hosts many interesting buildings and ancient remains, which date as far back as to the Dolmens and Neolithic times. Signs of the Roman occupation cnan be found in the region surrounding Évora, such as ruins of a Roman Temple dedicated to the Goddess Diana, various sections of wall and the gate known as the Porta de Dona Isabel, as well as the ruins of the city's Roman baths under the present-day Town Hall. Another attractive feature of Évora is the 15th Century Convento dos Lóios, and a macabre reminder of Ëvora’s past is the Capela dos Ossos, built in the 15th Century, and located in the Igreja de Săo Francisco. Here lie the bones of some 5.000 monks, with sign above the entrance which reads “we bones that here await yours”. There are several museums, principally the Museu de Arte Sacra, Galeria de Arte Casa Cadaval, the Museu de Artes Decorativas Religiosas and the Museu de Évora. You also can find a small gallery exhibiting painting of fantastic mermaids, trees and animals from India, commissioned by Vasco da Gama when he lived in Évora. You also can visit the Convento de Santa Clara, founded in 1452. A specialty of the town is the “Păo de Rala” bread-cake made with pumpkin.
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General Information
Capital: Lisboa
Area: 92,391km2
Population: 10.7 million (2008 estimate).
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. 110 volts in some areas and 230 DC in parts of the south. Continental two-pin plugs are in use
IDD: +351
Emergency number: 115
Timezone: GMT (+1 Hr MAR-OCT)

Language: Portuguese. English is widely spoken

Government: Republic Parliamentary democracy

Religion: Roman Catholic, Protestant

Health: Tetanus

Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: All 100: USD = 149.313 EUR GBP = 90.2312 EUR CHF = 151.032 EUR

Business Hours
Business Hours: Mon-Fri: 09.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00

Alcohol Limit
Alcohol Limit: 0,5 ‰

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside cities: 90 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years (for car-hire 21 years)

Driving License
Driving License: International or national license.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Good Friday (variable), Apr 25 Liberty Day, May 1 Labour Day, Corpus Christi (variable), Jun 10 National Day and Camoes Day, Aug 15 Assumption, Oct 5 Republic Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 1 Independence Day, Dec 8 Immaculate Conception, Dec 24/25 Christmas Holidays

Climate: Maritime; temperate; cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south

A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900/1800/3G 2100

GPS: 38 46 N, 9 11 W

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Generally Mon-Fri: 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00. In December, Sat: 9.00-13.00 and 15.00-19.00 . Shopping centres are usually open Mon-Sun: 10.00-24.00


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