In the heart of Portugual's grain basket, the capital of Baixo Alentejo lives its days languidly in the shadow of its keep. Beja was a brilliant Roman colony (Pax Julia), seat of a Visigothic bishopric, then lived with a Moorish presence for four centuries. Little remains of the city's history, but Our Lady of the Conception Convent guards the memory of the oldest Portuguese nun.
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