Páteo de S. Miguel
National monument since 1922
The Páteo de S. Miguel is a group of buildings including the Paço dos Condes de Basto (the Palace of the Counts of Basto), the Eugenio de Almeida Archive and Library, the Coach Collection and the S. Miguel Chapel. It also houses the headquarters of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation.
The Paço dos Condes de Basto was built in the Roman-Visigoth period. It then became a Moorish castle and the the seat of the Military Order of Saint Benedict of Calatrava. The great figures of Portuguese history have passed through it, including Afonso Henriques, Nuno Alvares Perereira, and Kings Filipe I and Joao IV. It has been classified as a national monument since 1922.
Paço dos Condes de Basto: Guided tours by appointment
The Eugenio de Almeida Archive and Library is open to scholars and interested members of the public. The store of family archives cover the diverse activities of five generations of the family from the 18th to 20th centuries, a rare collection of its kind.
Library and Archive: Guided tours by appointment
The Carriage Collection is a permanent exhibition of coaches, carriages and harnesses of different styles and travelling from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Tuesday to Sunday 10.00am to 6.00pm Educational Support: Guided tours by appointment
The Ermida de São Miguel (Saint Michael Chapel) has been designated a Building of Public Interest since 1939. It was founded in the 12th century by Goncalo Viegas, the son of Egas Moniz and Master of the Order of Saint Benedict of Calatrava. Páteo de São Miguel has a cafeteria, outstanding for its inviting esplanade and views of the Paço dos Condes de Basto and of the city of Évora. The cafeteria also has an indoor room, distinguished by its classical and elegant decoration. The diverse menu offers regional pastries and confectionery and the Foundation’s wines.
Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00am to 7.00pm. Closed January 1 and December 24, 25 and 31