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2012/08/02

Elvas new UNESCO World Heritage Site

© Municipality of Elvas
Author: Raul Ladeira & Domingos Bucho
© Municipality of Elvas
Author: Raul Ladeira & Domingos Bucho

In 2012 the World Heritage Committee has added the garrison border town of Elvas and its fortifications to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

According to UNESCO the site "represents the largest bulwarked dry ditch system in the world. Within its walls, the town contains barracks and other military buildings as well as churches and monasteries. While Elvas contains remains dating back to the 10th century A.D., its fortification began when Portugal regained independence in 1640.

The fortifications designed by Dutch Jesuit Padre João Piscásio Cosmander represent the best surviving example of the Dutch school of fortifications anywhere. The site also contains the Amoreira Aqueduct, built to enable the stronghold to withstand lengthy sieges".


With its 843 arches, the aqueduct was begun in 1498 and is one of the most impressive of its kind in southern Europe.

 For more detail information and photos, please check the Unesco website
(available in several languages):
- English
- Spanish
- French 



Come to Portugal and discover the fascinating Elvas and its stunning surroundings.

Source: UNESCO- World Heritage Committee

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