Brotherhood Houses (Casas de Romaria) are a Village Tourism, in Alentejo, in Mora county, Évora district, a Rural Tourism (RT).

 

Set in a town with 600 years of history, linked to the cult of N. Senhora de Brotas and their Brotherhoods Houses (Casas Confrarias). We aim to offer a peaceful stay, quiet, out of the hustle and bustle of big cities, with connections to the traditions and customs of Brotas / Alentejo. Making the service and welfare of customers added value.

The Village

Picturesque Alentejo village, Brotas is located 10 minutes from Mora, to whose county belongs, about 45 minutes from Évora, district capital, and just over an hour from Lisbon.

 

It is a quiet village in High Alentejo that offers the visitor a “shy beauty”, was not the existence, as a screen it were, Our Lady of Brotas Sanctuary (Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Brotas), which imposes markedly, at first contact. Object of several campaigns of works, since the fifteenth century to the eighteenth, has characteristics markedly popular and own, framing is aesthetically in line with the Manueline style and the Baroque. To enhance the total tile coating, the walls of the nave, with patterned tiles poly trading, characteristic of the seventeenth century, and the church porch, which boasts both popular and classical features, and arguably marks the facade of the church.

 

Framing the Sanctuary, Brotherhood Houses (Casas de Romaria), which formed the first urban center of the village, are a very interesting program architecture example, and are one of many examples of the deep devotion that lived around the Sanctuary. Low houses of whitewashed walls and colorful risk on the doorposts and on the covers, decorated with traditional furniture of the region, reproduce the spirit of rural and timeless Alentejo. Here, on the border with the Ribatejo, guests can escape from the everyday and enjoy the quiet of the countryside.

The History

The Brotherhood Houses (Casas de Romaria) Village Tourism is inserted in a housing project with over six hundred years of history and an unusual architectural heritage, which stand the Our Lady of Brotas Sanctuary (Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Brotas) and the imposing Eagles Tower  (Torre das Águias), make the Brotas village a must-see in the itinerary of those who like to know the specifics and recondite places.

 

Quiet place and out of the media tours, particularly interesting for the picturesque character is terminates, the Brotas Village (Aldeia de Brotas) is a real reservoir of cultural heritage and has not lost, over time, all its splendor at architectural level keeping mostly the white painted facades with its stone Jambs and then whitewashed, blue or yellow. The houses developed in the amphitheater, up and down small hills like a giant crib.

 

About 10 minutes is located in the old Eagles Village (Vila das Águias), where there is a robust and imposing tower that eventually took the village name in which it is deployed: Eagles Tower  (Torre das Águias).

 

The Eagles Village (Vila das Águias) was parish council until 1535, when it lost the status for the council of Brotas, passing then to the Parish Church of St. Peter of Eagles (Igreja Paroquial de São Pedro das Águias), the Hermitage, currently the only existing religious building in the Eagles Village (Vila das Águias). It is, however, off to worship. The Eagles Tower  (Torre das Águias) was erected in the first half of the sixteenth century, probably at the behest of D. Nuno Manuel, guard chief of King Manuel I, it consists of four floors, of which stand out the first, with the dome cover with cross warheads. It is a monumental building with a striking implementation on the ground, following the type of tower houses and witness the importance that the Eagles Village (Vila das Águias) once had.