Páteo de S. Miguel
The Páteo de São Miguel sits in one of the most noble and strategic points of the city of Évora and for this reason, has been the object of several occupations throughout its history.
The first use of this space had essentially a defensive purpose, determined by its own location at the highest point of the city which hampered not only the access of the enemy forces in case of attack, as it allowed to dominate a vast area of the surrounding plain and to maintain eye contact with other fortifications. The space occupied by the Páteo de São Miguel, was a crucial point in the defensive structure of the city, reason why it became Moorish Alcazar and part of Old Castle of Évora.
Paço dos Condes de Basto (Palace)
Although the origins of the Paço de São Miguel date back to the Middle Ages, few vestiges remain of the construction from this period, a result of the destruction following the clashes that occurred during the crisis of succession to the Portuguese throne of 1383-85, between the party of Leonor Teles and that of João, Mestre de Avis, future king of Portugal.
The existence of this building as we know it today, in terms of heritage and architecture, is associated with the history of two families whose presence in Páteo de São Miguel is separated by about five centuries: the Counts de Basto (or Castro das Treze Arruelas) and the Eugénio de Almeida family.
Eugénio de Almeida Archive and Library
Being one of Portugal's largest fortunes in the second half of the 19th century, the family of the founder of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation established a part of its success in implementing a rigorous information system thanks to which it was possible to ensure throughout five generations, not only the management of the diversity and business volume in which its members participated, but also the management of a vast real estate estate, much of it land dispersed throughout the country.
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Paço de S. Miguel
Tuesday to Sunday upon prior appointment
Adults 4.50 € | Groups 3,50 € | Children under 12 Free
Youth Card // + 65 years 50%
Eugenio de Almeida Archive and Library (ABEA)
- To consult Documentation: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., by prior appointment.
- Guided tours are only possible by prior appointment and integrated into the visit to Paço de São Miguel.
Ticket price for guided tours: € 3.50