Praça do Giraldo
Praça do Giraldo
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This picturesque central square is adorned with medieval arches and is an ideal place to relax and do some people-watching.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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James S
Toronto, Canada610 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
There comes a point on any organized tour when the guide lets you of their leash to enjoy a bit of time on your own to explore and/or shop. This of course was true on our day trip to the city of Evora. Once she had our promises to meet up a set time and place, we were left to our own devices.

As neither my wife or I were really in the mood for shopping, the occasional tacky souvenir aside, we eventually made our way to the Praca do Giraldo one of the larger squares in Evora and just south west of the Centro Historica but still within the walls of the original city, which were expanded to encompass it after the squares construction.

Praca do Giraldo was named after Geraldo Geraldes or Gerald the Fearless (Geraldo Sem Pavor in Portuguese) a Portuguese warrior who was active during the Reconquista a series of military campaigns by Spanish and Portuguese Christian forces between 718 AD and 1492 AD to drive out the Muslims who had controlled most of the Iberian Peninsula for almost 800 years.

Geraldo Geraldes was the leader of the force that captured Evora in the Autumn of 1164. The square was built in the 13th Century originally as a pubic market outside the walled town.

The square has had a pretty violent history since then. It was the scene of the execution by beheading of the Duke of Braganza for treason against his brother-in-law King John II of Portugal. The Duke had apparently conspired with the Spanish to overthrow the Portuguese Monarchy. In the 16th century the square was also known to be used by the infamous Spanish Inquisition.

Now it is the largest square in the city. It was designated a national monument in 1910 by the Portuguese Government.

The North/East edge of the square is dominated by the Igreja de Santo Antão or Santo Antão Church. In front of this is the Chafariz da Praca do Giraldo or Giraldo Square Fountain which is fed by the ancient aqueduct outside the walls of the city.

The remaining sides of the square are lined with several shops, cafes, and restaurants, the later of which all seem to have tables covered with umbrellas in the squares centre with an endless stream of waiters moving to and from the edges of the square to serve the hungry and thirsty patrons.

This seemed like a great way to pass our “free time” especially as it was in sight of our group meeting place. We relaxed at a table and enjoyed a cold drink while taking in the view and absorbing the atmosphere of the place.
Written 27 January 2024
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muttibey
Izmir, Türkiye1,015 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
mean this is generally what we call the very city center. There are lots of places@to sit enjoy the morning time by having a decent coffee. Apart from that there is not much to do.
Written 3 July 2023
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Martin H
Hong Kong, China858 contributions
Jun 2022
The square is pleasant enough to walk straight through but there isn't too much to it. They have a few restaurants in the square which I think cater more to the tourist trade.
Written 25 June 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK6,243 contributions
Jul 2021
An attractive plaza, but not any more so than any large village. A number of restaurants with tables and chairs set out there and its pleasant for a stop for dinner or just a drink, but nothing exceptional. The fountain was not working and the main Igreja de Santo Antao, the church, was closed whenever we passed by.
Written 28 July 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
Jan 2020
The Baroque fountain stands almost at the center of "Praça do Giraldo", right in front of the beautiful "Igreja de Santo Antão", in the historic quarter of Évora. It dates from the 16th century, is made of marble and has eight spouts - each symbolising one of the main streets of Évora. On its top, a royal crown! Stroll along the square and visit the ancient "Chafariz da Praça do Giraldo". Enjoy!
Written 8 December 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
Jan 2020
At the very center of Évora's historic quarter, you will find "Praça do Giraldo" - a beautiful square dating from the 16th century. It is named after D. Geraldo Geraldes, a Portuguese hero, responsible for the conquest of Évora, in 1167, from the Moors. He was later appointed as Governor of Évora and named "Protector of the Borders of the Alentejo Region". Stroll slowly along the cobblestone esplanade, enjoy the beautiful neoclassic and romantic facades of its arched buildings, the cozy cafés, restaurants, souvenir shops and boutiques. On its sides, the famous "Igreja de Santo Antão" and the local branch of "Banco de Portugal". At its center, a baroque marbled fountain - the "Chafariz da Praça do Giraldo". And remember, "Praça do Giraldo" is, since 1910, a "Portuguese National Monument"! Enjoy!
Written 8 December 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,357 contributions
Oct 2020
This white marble fountain, which dates from 1571, is located at the top of Giraldo Square, in front of the Church of Saint Anthony. In the past it was an important source of water for the city's population. These days it serves little purpose other than contributing to the beautification of the square.
Written 24 November 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,357 contributions
Oct 2020
This marble fountain was built in 1571, so has some interest for its age alone. It stands at the top of the praça and it is possible to sit at one of the many tables nearby and enjoy a coffee and snack, or even a meal. It is also possible to sit on the marble benches which surround the fountain. Not a particular thing of beauty.
Written 22 November 2020
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Cymro
Coimbra, Portugal3,357 contributions
Oct 2020
While to say that all roads lead to Praca do Giraldo would be false, it is certainly the heart of the city. The central business district and shops lead off it, and the Cathedral, Chapel of Bones and other sites are a short walk away. The square has many cafés with many of them having tables and chairs in the centre of the square, with waiter service. The main tourist information office is situated in the square.
Written 17 October 2020
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Davie01954
Luz, Portugal42 contributions
Oct 2020
The square has some similarities to the one in Siena. The heart of the city with cafes and restaurants to compliment the attractive buildings.
Written 3 October 2020
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