Valverde

Valverde - Évora

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Valverde is a small typical settlement nearby Nossa Senhora da Tourega village, situated in the heart of the vast and lovely Alentejo region, on the slope of the Monfurado Mountain.

All the region presents important vestiges of human occupancy since remote periods, as one can observe in the superb Anta Grande do Zambujeiro, the largest Anta known in all the Iberian Peninsula, or in the interesting Geraldo’s Castle Hill Fort.

In Valverde lived Geraldo Sem Pavor (“fearless Geraldo”), a noble born in the North of Portugal that soon left to the South to fight the Moors where he leaded a group of brigants. Its great achievement was during the Évora’s Christian conquest to the Moors, offering the town to the first Portuguese king, d. Afonso Henriques in 1165, using the “Giraldo’s Castle” as a main tool.

This peaceful rural settlement is characterized by its Alentejo’s traditional streets with white houses coloured with a blue or yellow strip around doors and windows.
Valverde is proud of its heritage which highlight is the Bom Jesus de Valverde Convent, also known as Mitra, constituted by an Estate with a Bishop’s Palace built in 1517 and a lovely Renaissance Chapel.

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