Things to see and do - Beja
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L.go da Conceição
This convent of nuns of the order of St Clare, was founded in 1459 by Ferdinand, duke of Viseu, father of King Manuel. The elegant balustrade which crowns the church and the cloister resembles that of Batalha Monastery. The convent now accommodates t..
Museums and art
Escola superior agrária de Beja - R. de Pedro Soares
The ethnobotanical research centre of the School of Agriculture manages a small museum holding exhibitions, renewed every six months, that tackle various aspects of humans' use of seeds and plants, fibres and resins. The tours, given by enthusiastic ..
Museums and art
This museum situated in the old convent of the Conception exhibits the Fernando Nunes Ribeiroan archaeological collection and a Christs exhibition. The walls of the capitular hall are decorated with 16C Spanish-Moorish azulejos from Seville.
Architecture, castles and historic districts
This Castle built in the 13C houses a military museum. Its crenellated wall, flanked by towers is dominated at an angle by a high keep. A spiral staircase takes you to the first floor whose attractive star-ribbed vaulting rests on Muslim style honeyc..
This small church, of Visigoth origin with some parts dating from the 6C, accommodates the Visigoth art section of the Rainha D. Leonor museum. There you can admire a collection of capitals and columns with geometrical or plant motifs and a particula..
Archaeological and historical sites
Vila de Frades
Excavations have unearthed the ruins of an important 4C Roman villa, which was the residence of a wealthy landowner. What is interesting is that it has two floors built of brick and stone. The upper level is supported by a vaulted gallery, which is r..