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Praca do Giraldo, Evora

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Largely responsible for Evora's designation as a World Heritage Site, the medieval Praca do Giraldo remains the city's social center. Once the setting for some of the region's most violent historical events, the spacious square witnessed thousands of gruesome executions during the Spanish Inquisition. Today, this lively public space attracts tourists with its alfresco cafes and restaurants, which serve regional specialties in a relaxed, urban atmosphere. Surrounding the elegant plaza you can see some of the country's finest examples of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, including a cathedral where explorer Vasco de Gama had the flags of his ships blessed before setting off on his famous trip to India. To visit Praca do Giraldo and other attractions in Evora, use our Evora vacation builder.
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  • Our hotel overlooked this main square. The church is the focal point of this square as well as a bank and other lovely buildings. In the center of the square are tables and chairs set up from the rest...  more »
  • This is a central square that tour guides will direct you to. It's good for getting your bearings but I don't recommend hanging around. There are better public squares and gardens (i.e. Diana garden) ...  more »
  • This medieval square forms the center of the historical walled city. It's colonnade give shade in the hot sun. It has the church of St Anao at one end with a fountain in front. There are shops, restau...  more »
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  • The main "meeting point" of the city. Gorgeous view, good selection of bars, tradicional shops and restaurants.
  • Very pretty and nice. Keep away from the sun in the summer time ;)
  • A characteristic architectural lovely town. Well worth a visit
  • Small but very pretty. A lot of university students were singing together
  • Nice square, perfect to have a coffee while observing the life of Evora running it's course