Art and Culture Center

Centro de Arte e Cultura

Image of the Building of Eugenio de Almeida Forum
The Tribunal of the Holy Office was introduced in Portugal in 1536, and the first Inquisition was installed in the city of Évora in the Palace of the Inquisition. Throughout the times, the building underwent several works of enlargement and adaptation, that were transforming its configuration.
In the time of Cardinal King Henry the building was enlarged, and the jail was connected to the western wall of the Roman Temple, which had been transformed into a slaughterhouse during the Middle Ages.
Between 1622 and 1655, great works of expansion of the building and adjustment to its function were made again, being the final work of the moth of the Architect-Mor of the Inquisitions of the Kingdom, Mateus do Couto.
Currently, the Art and Culture Center​, former Palace of the Inquisition, comprises 1200 m2 of temporary exhibition area and is a space dedicated to the promotion of artistic and cultural manifestations, with a special focus on contemporary art.
The built complex that integrates the Art and Culture Center, Painted Houses and the Meeting Center totals over 3000 m2 and results from a project to reclassify the patrimony of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation under the partnership for urban regeneration – 21st Acrópole.
Largo do Conde de Vila Flor, Évora, Portugal

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Address: Largo do Conde de Vila Flor, Évora, Portugal
Phone: +351 266 748 350
Fax: +351 266 737 145

  • October to May, from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 06:00 p.m.
  • June to September, from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.
  • Guided tours: from Monday to Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 06:00 p.m. with prior booking and a minimum of 5 persons.

  • Free:
    • Until 1 July 2018,
    • Sunday,
    • Under 12 years,
    • Members:
      • ICOM,
      • ICOMOS,
      • APOM,
      • AICA,
      • Imprensa,
    • People with disabilities or limited mobility with 1 companion.
  • Guided Tours: € 3.00,
  • 50% discount:
    • Over 65 years old,
    • Students,
    • Youth,
    • Organized groups of Social Solidarity entities.

Activities for schools:
  • Guided visits, visits-games and workshops from Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 06:00 p.m. prior registration through
  • Consult your own program.
  • Price: € 1 / student.
Activities for families:
  • For children from 5 years old accompanied by adults on Saturdays and Sundays by prior registration through
  • Consult your own pr​ogram.
  • Price on request.

It has accessibility for people with disabilities.