Since 1985 the city of Ëvora has been a UNESCO World Heritage site, and today it is home to a rich and unique historic center that features buildings and structures that date back to the Roman era. The city’s architecture is thus a mix of the styles, and shows influences from the various powers that controlled Ëvora throughout the centuries, including the Romans, the Visigoths, the Moors, the Kingdom of Portugal and even the Jesuits.

The Jesuit religious order founded the city’s university in the 16th century, but the order was expelled from the city and university closed in the middle of the 17th century, only to reopen in 1973 as a state run school. The school includes a Mannersit style church, which was built in the 16th century.

The city is also home to a large Gothic style cathedral that was building in the 13 th century, and includes numerous sculptures of the various apostles of Christ. The nearby Palace of Dukes of Cadaval shows the influences of the Moorish period, with architectural styles that date from the 14 th century. This palace shows a marked contrast to the equally impressive Palace of Vasco da Gama, which was where da Gama resided from 1519 to 1524, and the simpler Palace of the Counts of Basto, which also utilizes Moorish designs. This castle also features Gothic and later Renaissance style elements, which date from the period when this small palace was used by the Kings of the Alfonsine dynasty as their primary residence in Ëvora.