Discover the Alentejo in Portugal

Let's explore what is known as the breadbasket of Portugal

By Google Arts & Culture

The origin of its name, "além" + "Tejo" combined as Alentejo, literally translates to "Beyond-the-Tagus".

Let's explore the area and the main landmarks. Click and navigate through the places, such as the beautiful plantations in Grândola.

Évora

Because of its preserved history, such as this Roman Temple, Évora is listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage sites.

The temple is believed to have been constructed around the first century A.D., in honour of Augustus, who was venerated as a god during and after his rule.

It is believed that 5,000 corpses were exhumed to decorate the walls of the Capela dos Ossos [Chapel of Bones].

The chapel was built by Franciscan monks saying that the bones were from soldiers who died in a battle -- however, they were from regular citizens.

Beja

The city is known for its production of wheat, wines and olives.

The Castle of Beja, that you can see in the image, is the main building of several fortifications. All together delineate the medieval city.

The Regional Museum of Queen Eleanor is housed in an impressive building with a late-Gothic lattice-worked architrave running along the building.

The entrance door is embedded under an ogee arch. 

Santarém

It is believed that the Romans founded the city in the 2nd century BC.
The Cathedral of Santarém, that you can see in the image, became the Seminary church after the Jesuits were expelled from Portugal in the mid-18th century.

The Gardens of Porta do Sol are located in the remains of the Castle of Santarém. Even though the main building is not there anymore, it is still possible to see its walls and towers.

It is an amazing place to contemplate the Tagus River and the valley.

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