Elvas: what to see, castle and convent Santa Clara
Elvas travel guide, what to visit in this town of Portugal, located near the border with Spain and surrounded by walls.
Elvas is a town of Portugal that is worth a visit, located near the border with Spain not far from the road connecting Lisbon and Madrid, in the middle of a plain in the region of ‘Alto Alentejo. The walls that surround it are well preserved and testify to the strategic location covered in the past from the military point of view. The narrow streets where overlook characteristic houses have the unmistakable imprint Arabic.
Places to visit in Elvas
– Aqueduct Amoreira, seven kilometers long, is the monument of greater importance still operating despite the building dates back to the period between 1498 and 1622.
– Muralhas is the largest fortress of Portugal, characterized by gray walls and bastions star-shaped, with ditches and gates to the old town. The fort of Santa Luzia and the strong de Nossa Senhora da Graça guard the fortified city from the hills around.
– Nossa Senhora da Assunção is the cathedral of the thirteenth century, modified in the sixteenth century following the rampant Manueline style with the introduction of buttresses, pinnacles, battlements and portals on the sides with ornaments.
– Nossa Senhora da Consolaçao is a building with an octagonal plan dating back to 1543, built on the ruins of an earlier circular church belonged to the Templars and was destroyed in the fifteenth century. The interior is tastefully decorated with a dome supported by columns in the Baroque style and cladding tiles yellow and blue. Next to the church are the whipping post of the sixteenth century Gothic el ‘Arco della Porta de Alcacer.
– Castle, Roman-Moorish style, to which was added a tower in the sixteenth century.
– Museu, contains collections of archaeological, religious objects and handicrafts.
– Ducal Palace dates back to 1600 and, with a facade covered in marble, is inspired by the palaces of the Italian Renaissance. It was the family Braganza who reigned in Portugal in the period between 1640 and 1910.
Convento Santa Clara is an ancient monastery of 1530, belonged to the order of the Poor Clares, where the tombs of some members of the family of Braganza.