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Painted Houses

Painted Houses ©Photo: Jerónimo Heitor Coelho


The Painted Houses owe their name to the unique set of sixteenth-century frescoes that adorn the gallery and the adjacent oratory in the garden. They are Property of Public Interest since 1950,


At the time of execution of the frescoes, the Painted Houses belonged to D. Francisco da Silveira, 3rd Coudel-Mor [master of the royal stud farm] of kings Manuel I and John III and acclaimed court poet published in Cancioneiro Geral.


In the late sixteenth century, the Painted Houses were attached to the Inquisition Palace to house the judges of the Holy Office.


In the nineteenth century there was a theatre in the Painted Houses called "Eborense Theatre", the first one in Évora.


In the early sixties of the twentieth century, Vasco Maria Eugenio de Almeida, who established the Foundation, acquired the property and adapted it to be the residence of the Society of Jesus in Evora. The Jesuit priests were responsible for the scientific coordination of ISESE (Economic and Social Institute of Évora), created in 1964, which was located in the contiguous Palace of the Inquisition, by then already owned by the Foundation and where is today the Fórum Eugénio de Almeida.


The frescoes in the gallery of the garden are one the most interesting artistic displays of its kind in Portugal and a unique specimen of palatial wall paintings of the first half of the sixteenth century.


In 2008, the Foundation promoted the valorisation and enhancement of the garden of the Painted Houses, and in 2011, the frescoes were studied and restored and can now be admired through public guided tours.


Guided visits by appointment (minimum 5 people)


May - september
3rd to Sunday from 10h00 to 19h00


October - April
3rd to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00


Closed on Monday


Single ticket: 3,00 €


50% discount:
Over 65 years
Youth Card
Organized groups of social solidarity entities


Tel. (+351) 266 748 350