Monument Monday: Roman Temple of Evora

Evora Temple UNESCO Heritage Monument

Roman Temple of Evora, also known as Temple of Diana is one of the ancient temples built in the centre of the town of Evora in Portugal .  The temple is said to have been constructed around 1st century AD.  The temple has since then gone through destruction and reconstruction.
The temple is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site and a landmark and an important testimony to Roman architecture in Portugal. Elevated on a stone platform, the remains still contain 14 granite corinthian columns raising up above with intricate carvings at the top.
Evora is a tiny municipality in Portugal and the history of the place dates back to more than 2000 years. The town is well preserved, enclosed by medieval walls and has numerous other monuments that date back to varies historic periods.  For this reason, the whole of Evora including the Roman Temple has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Evora is also a member of Most Ancient European Towns Network.

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2 Responses

  1. Good to see that at least a small part of the Temple still survives. In South India, the oldest surviving Temple was built in 7-8 CE. But most of the Temple survives intact because for some reason it was in disuse for many centuries and hence escaped invaders, development, etc.

    Destination Infinity

  2. Very true DI, plus there weren't people who wanted to destroy temples, which is the reason many old built temples have still survived.

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