Évora Roman Temple
Historic Site in Évora
The Roman Temple, which dates back more than 2000 years, is Évora’s most iconic monument and a significant historical site in Portugal.
Constructed in the 1st century during the reign of Caesar Augustus, the Roman temple in Évora has undergone many changes and transformations over the years. It suffered extensive damage when barbarians invaded the Iberian Peninsula in the 5th century and was later repurposed as a bank vault and butcher’s shop for Evora Castle in the 14th century.
In the 19th century, one of the first archaeological interventions in Portugal revealed its original Roman design, shedding light on its history as a Roman forum in Évora dedicated to the Imperial cult. This discovery challenged the 17th-century belief that the temple was consecrated to the goddess Diana, and as a result, it was previously known as the Temple of Diana. Recent excavations have also uncovered that the temple was surrounded by a portico and a water mirror.