Throw Back Thursday Where East Meets West Evora Portugal

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Throw Back Thursday  Where East Meets West  Evora Portugal

I was looking through some files recently and came across a box of photos.  It's the sort of thing people used to do before every thing became instant with our  phones.  There were even negatives in the envelopes, but that's for another topic.

My first look had me thinking they were from a trip to Greece we had taken in the late 1980's but the as I progressed through the photos it was more familiar to a trip to Portugal we took in 1996.

In looking at the photo you may appreciate my confusion, it looks like a miniature version of the Greek Acropolis, but in fact is a temple to the gods erected by the Romans when they occupied the Western European colonies around 40 BC. 

They were not the first to occupy the area as the history of occupations goes back almost 5,000 years to the early Celts.

The country, like so many others in the early BC eras, was claimed by feudal lords but as the area was so rich and great for farming, it was often spared the harsh ravages of occupation and allowed to prosper.

Around the early 900 AD time it was occupied by the Moors, Muslim tribes from the far eastern end  of the Mediterranean  sea.  They transformed the town into a fortress and held it for almost 500 years.  Off the town center was a large mosque, a portion of the spire can be seen above the walls to the left side of the photo below.


And when the country was again returned to the Kings that established the republic, a cathedral was built at the other end of the square.

West meets East, meets West again. Evora is in the Alentejo a region in the south central part of the country not very far from the Portuguese Riveria, or Algarve.

It is very important for wineries all over the world as the trees found in abundance in the area produce the product known as cork.  

Within the central square town of Evora are the ruins of the occupations by the Celts, Romans, Moors, and the present forefathers of the country.

Throw Back Thursday  Where East Meets West  Evora Portugal


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Comments (15)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


My niece who is in London was talking about going to Portugal...too cold in London.  I have not been there in a long time.  And we would love to revisit. A

Sep 02, 2021 02:05 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

An interesting history lesson.  Must have been a great trip.  I have gotten lost in a box of photos for hours myself.  Always a surprise to realize how much time passed while going thru the old pics.  Enjoy the weekend ahead.  Mark

Sep 02, 2021 02:06 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Ron and Alexandra Seigel   A  When we went we took my parents so they could revisit their roots.  They can't travel like that any more but I will get back there in the not too distant future

Sep 02, 2021 02:17 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint   Hours is right and especially nice for the memories they rekindle

Sep 02, 2021 02:18 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Ed Silva - I enjoyed the post and appreciated the meaning of the title after reading it. I learned some history as well!  Thank you.  Happy Thursday.

Sep 02, 2021 03:23 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I have at least two friends who are world travelers who count Portugal as among their favorite destinations.

Sep 02, 2021 04:50 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Ed, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Sep 02, 2021 04:56 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Ed- What a rich history you shared with us. I too have found myself lost in a box of old photos. I'm glad you took your parents back while they were able to travel. 

Sep 02, 2021 05:15 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Ed... been to Greece numerous times, so those pictures are quite familiar to me. I've also been to Portugal, but not to Evora... it sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

Sep 03, 2021 03:55 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Ed - like others have commented, I have gotten lost while going through photographs in a box.  Lost in memories and then lost in the sense:  what was I looking for???  🙃


Thank you for taking us back and along for the journey.  

Sep 03, 2021 05:06 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is always fun to look back through old pictures and enjoy the memories that were made.  I really like the look of that cathedral.

Sep 03, 2021 05:13 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Ed, my vacation plans last year WAS to visit Portugal, and still will get there one day!  Gorgeous photos.

Sep 03, 2021 05:47 AM
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Ed Silva You are a student of history! I cannot believe you remember all those facts. Beautiful snaps, too.

Sep 03, 2021 06:33 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Wouldn't I love to travel to Portugal, but think this will probably be at least a couple of years in the future - Covid has put a damper on most European travel.

Sep 03, 2021 03:52 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Ed I did not know Portugal produced as much cork products as they do until I visited the Azores three years ago.  In fact I purchase a cork wallet that I still have today.  I did not think it would hold up this well.

Sep 04, 2021 04:44 PM