Following the remodelling of the Carmelite order, the Barefooted Carmelites settled in Évora in the 16th century, outside the fernandina wall, in front of the keep. The Church was sacred in 1614.
Due to its location, the Convent played a major role in the sieges of Évora, during the war of independence (May 1663) being the scene, of fights between Portuguese and Castilians and in the 1st French invasion (Loison), the Convent being occupied and looted (July, 1820).
The spoliation, the extinction of religious orders and the seizure of their property, radically reduced the importance of the Convent. In the reign of Queen Maria II the convent was assigned to the Town Hall as well as the adjoining property and used as a public cemetery function that remains. After years of abandonment, the Town Wall at the end of the 20th century, promoted important restoration works and housed there, in addition to the Department of Archaeology, the Musical Association Eborae Musica - functioning in the Church, thus helping to preserve it - as well as, temporary and permanent exhibition spaces.
Avenida S. Sebastião, Évora
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Schedule: Mon.-Fri. from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays: from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.