Craftsmen and their cities

Artesanos en Évora

Évora, a historic city in the heart of the Alentejo, is heir to a rich and vast cultural heritage built and preserved over time, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage...

...Site in 1986. Founded by the Roman people and called Ebora Liberalitas Iulia, the city located south of the river Tagus, was the stronghold that founded the formation of the new kingdom of Portugal during the peninsular Christian reconquest of the XII century. Several kings here established their court, particularly during the period of maritime discoveries. The historical and artistic heritage that is preserved today resulted, in good measure, from this long permanence of the court. In addition to this unique heritage in the country, the region around Évora has much more to offer. This is the case of the unique megalithic archeological landscape, one of the oldest and most monumental in Europe, of which the Almendres megalithic site is the maximum exponent.   In Alentejo, artisanal creations reflect a close and secular relationship between people, the landscape, the climate, the raw material, the uses and customs. The Alentejano uses the material that nature offers to make his pieces: wood, cork, clay, marble, wicker, wool, leather, among others. In Évora, we can find several pieces of traditional handicrafts, highlighting naturally Alentejo typical furniture, objects made of cork, leather and traditional clothing, elaborated through  traditional techniques, that have been passed down from generation to generation, being appreciated by countless visitors. Évora also offers urban handicraft products made by the hands of young designers, who seek to reinvent and promote new products, associating traditional techniques with a new design and conception.   In the context of arts and crafts, we highlight in this project those that are closely linked to the conservation of material and immaterial heritage, the know-how of restoration workshops, carpenters, the art of cobbled streets or whitewash with lime, among many others, reinforcing their important role in the conservation, repair and restoration of the heritage of Évora.