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ELVAS TOURISM GUIDE

Impressive military fortifications and a monumental aqueduct


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Elvas 
square Elvas is one of the greatest and most heavily fortified frontier towns in Europe, with military fortifications that are among the most sophisticated and best preserved in the continent (they've been given World Heritage status).
Sitting just 12km (7.5miles) from the border with Spain, 17th century star-shaped fortifications with gates, curtain walls, moats and bastions surround the town, along with two fortresses.

A good place to start a tour of the narrow streets of the old town is the beautifully paved Republica Square. At the top of the square is the 16th-century Manueline-style Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção with blue and yellow tiles decorating the nave and sacristy. Behind it is the octagonal Church of Nossa Senhora da Consolação built on the plan of a Templars' church. Unremarkable from the outside, its interior is extraordinary, with painted marble columns and fantastic 17th century tiles lining the walls.

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Largo Santa Clara Elvas' 
Aqueduct Nearby is a tiny triangular "square," Largo Santa Clara, with a splendid 16th century Manueline marble pillory with four metal hooks to which prisoners were shackled, and a 10th century archway beneath a loggia built by the Moors leading to the ruined castle. Also built by the Moors, it offers a panoramic view of the town, its fortifications, and the countryside.

On the opposite end of town is the Municipal Museum, packed with local treasures, including Neolithic remnants, Roman mosaics, old weapons, and religious paintings.

Also in the city center (on Rua da Cadeia) is the surprising MACE, a museum of contemporary art.

Lying outside the city walls is the city's most famous sight, the towering Amoreira Aqueduct, 7km (4.5miles) in length that took over 100 years to complete. With a total of 843 arches, and at places rising to over 30m (100ft), it still brings water to town.

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Places Nearby

Estremoz - A legendary miracle; a luxury pousada
Vila Viçosa - Marble extravagance; a royal retreat
Evora - A museum-town; a Roman temple; prehistoric sites
Monsaraz - A white town; a magical medieval atmosphere
Marvão - White walled town reaching the sky
Castelo de Vide - A Jewish enclave; medieval charm



CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN PORTUGAL
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AND TAGUS VALLEY
Alcobaça
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Azeitão
Batalha
Cascais
Ericeira
Estoril
Fatima
Leiria
Mafra
Nazaré
Obidos
Palmela
Peniche
Queluz
Santarém
Sesimbra
Setubal
Sintra
Tomar
ALENTEJO
Beja
Castelo de Vide
Elvas
Estremoz
Evora
Marvão
Mértola
Monsaraz
Vila Viçosa

ALGARVE
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Faro
Lagos
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Tavira
Vila Real de Santo António
Vilamoura
BEIRAS (CENTRAL PORTUGAL)
Aveiro
Belmonte
Buçaco
Coimbra
Conimbriga
Figueira da Foz
Guarda
Monsanto
Piodão
Serra da Estrela
Viseu

PORTO AND DOURO
Amarante
Lamego
Porto
MINHO
Barcelos
Braga
Gerês National Park
Guimarães
Ponte de Lima
Ponte da Barca
Viana do Castelo

TRAS-OS-MONTES
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THE ISLANDS
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