Elvas: Largest Bulwark Fortifications in the World

Elvas: Largest Bulwark Fortifications in the World

Near the Spanish border, Elvas is home to the world’s largest preserved bastion fortifications. Together with the entire historic center, these have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2012. After Elvas was developed as a strategic point to one of the major strongholds of the country, the town was repeatedly the scene of the Restoration War, which broke out as a result of the revolution of 1640. Continue reading “Elvas: Largest Bulwark Fortifications in the World”

Évora: Megalithic Stone Circles and Roman Temples

Évora: Megalithic Stone Circles and Roman Temples

The historic center of Évora has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list since 1986. The capital of the south-central region of Alentejo in Portugal also belongs to the Most Ancient European Towns Network founded in 1994. In addition to Roman remnants, the Almendres Cromlech, whose age is estimated at about 5000 to 6000 years, is located very close by. Continue reading “Évora: Megalithic Stone Circles and Roman Temples”