Courtyard of St. Michael

St. Michael's Palace | Eugénio de Almeida Archive and Library

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Courtyard of St. Michael
Located in the Historic Center of Évora, Courtyard of St. Michael holds a high symbolic load, a space that over the centuries has been shaped by successive military occupations and has served as a setting for landmark events in the history of the city and country.
Part of the Old Moorish Alcazar and "Old Castle", it was in the Middle Ages a fundamental point of the defensive structure of the city, already performing these functions in the Roman-Visigothic period, date back to the wall that delimits the enclosure to the east.
After the conquest of the city to the Moors in 1165, the fortification was delivered by the 1st King D. Afonso Henriques to the Military Order of St. Benedict of Calatrava that in the beginning of the 13th century transferred its headquarters to Avis, Order of Avis.
With the expansion of the city and the construction of the new wall, the "Old Castle" lost its military functions and gained status as a noble and palatial area. Its architectural complex includes the Paço de São Miguel, the Ermida de São Miguel, the Carriages Collection and the Eugénio de Almeida Archive and Library.

St. Michael's Palace
Classified as a National Monument, the St. Michael's Palace is one of the most emblematic buildings in Évora, full of memories and surrounded by the mystery of the places created by the slow passing of time and centuries.
A royal palace during the Middle Ages, the building served as a lodge to the Kings of Portugal of the first dynasty and military base to the Constable D. Nuno Álvares, the main frontier of the Alentejo.
In the 15th century it was converted into the seat of the Captaincy of Évora, becoming the residence of the powerful Counts de Basto, responsible for ordering the extraordinary set of fresco painting of the 16th century that covers the ceilings of the noble halls, rare examples of painting of profane and mythological theme of this period.
In the following centuries, the St. Michael's Palace went through a dark period of its history, responsible for in the middle of the 20th century to be in an advanced state of degradation.
In 1957, Vasco Maria Eugénio de Almeida, a prominent philanthropist and patron of the city, restored the St. Michael's Palace and the complex of buildings that completed the complex, where he established his residence in Évora and established the seat of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation that created in 1963.

Eugénio de Almeida Archive and Library
The archival and library documentation of Eugénio de Almeida House allows us today to reconstitute the route of one of the most powerful families of Portugal in the 19th century.
The information shows not only the options of the Eugénio de Almeida family in terms of the economic activities they promoted, but also the public intervention they carried out, as well as opening a window on the universe of family experiences and the elite lifestyle this period.
Páteo de S. Miguel, Évora, Portugal

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Address: Páteo de S. Miguel, Évora, Portugal
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St. Michael's Palace
  • October to May to Saturday and Sunday from 03:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m., including visit to the Collection of Carriages and Archives and Eugénio de Almeida Library.
  • June to September to Saturday and Sunday from 05:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m., including visit to the Collection of Carriages and Archives and Eugénio de Almeida Library.
  • Guided Tours: With prior appointment and a minimum of 5 people from Monday to Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 06:00 p.m. The visit includes the Eugénio de Almeida Archive and Library.
  • Normal Ticket: 2,00€
  • Guided Tours: 3,50€
  • Free Entrance:
    • Children under 12 years old;
    • Members ICOM, ICOMOS, APOM, AICA;
    • Press;
    • People with disabilities or limited mobility with 1 companion.
  • Discount (50%):
    • Over 65 years old;
    • Students;
    • Youth Card;
    • Organized groups of Social Solidarity entities.

Eugénio de Almeida Archive and Library
  • For Documentation Consultation, from Monday to Friday, from 09:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 02:00 p.m. to 05:30 p.m., by prior appointment.
  • Guided Tours: Guided visits are only possible by prior appointment and integrated into the visit to the St. Michael's Palace.
  • Guided Tours: 3,50€