July 2nd - 3rd, 2012
A narrow street near my Hotel in
Evora. A University town. It was
pretty empty during the summer
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Yellow highlights
Praca do Giraldo
Tourist Office
J. Caesar
Almost all of the buildings in
Evora are white washed with
yellow trim (for good luck).
Praca do Giraldo the main
square of Evora. Named after
Gerald the Fearless a legendary
knight who conquered Evora
when it was held by the Moors.
Municipal building in the Praca
do Giraldo.
The Templo Romano (2nd or 3rd
century AD). It survived as a
fortress during the Middle Ages
and was only recently restored.
Palacio de Cadaval
Roman Columns
Cathedral of Evora
Arch View
The overlook near the Palace of
the Dukes looking our over Evora.
The Roman Temple columns
and Corinthian capitals from up
Cathedral of Evora started in
1280 AD and completed in 1746
AD. Gothic apostles carved in the
1330s stand atop marble columns
in the main portal.
The cloisters of the Evora
Cathedral built between 1317
and 1340 AD.
One of the lantern towers of the
Cathedral viewed from the
Spiral Stair
One of two spiral stone staircases
leading form the roof of the
cloister to the ground floor.
Lateral wall and transept of Evora
Cathedral. The large rose window
in the transept arm.
The Cloister and a well.
Inside the Cathedral. The high
barrel vaulted ceiling of the nave.
The Alentejo region is the center
of cork production in the world.
Shops sell anything imaginable
made of cork.
Boys of Grace
Gallery of Dames
Vasca da Gama
Room 118
Grace Church was a
Renaissance  monastery (1511
AD). Atlantean figures decorate
the facade (called the Boys of
Grace locally).
The Gallery of Dames. All that
remains of the Royal Palace of
Evora. The seat of the Kings of
Portugal in the Renaissance.
Vaco da Gama lived in Evora for
a short period of time. So there is
a statue dedicated to his voyage
in 1497 becoming the first
European to reach India by sea.
The street leading to my Hotel.
The Best Western Santa Clara
(where the car is parked).
The moon shining down on
Praca do Giraldo. I had dinner at
the restaurant on the right.
Town Walls
Time to turn back
Over 3 km of 14th-Century walls
circle Evora.
A Medieval aqueduct (1530s) was
built to bring clean water to
Evora. In the town buildings are
built right into the arches.
The Aqueducto da Aqua de
Prata (Aqueduct of Silver Water)
crosses the ring highway around
The aqueduct descending into
The aqueduct leads off 8.5 km off
into the countryside toward the
nearby mountains.
Cloister like
Church of St. Francis
Age of Discovery
We bones await yours
The courtyard of the
Universidade de Evora. Built on
the site of a Jesuit Institute.
The university classrooms look
out on the courtyard and have
azulejos tiles on the walls.
Inside the Igreja de Sao
Francisco the best known church
in Evora. Completed in 1510 and
dedicated to St. Francis.
The altar in the Church. Azulejos
tiles with an Age of Discovery
theme cover the walls.
The Church of St. Francis is
famous for the Chapel of Bones
lined with the bones of more than
5,000 people.
St. Antao
Sunset over the Ruins
Green Light
The Church of St. Antao (1563
AD). Damaged and destroyed by
earthquakes it has been rebuilt a
few times.
I decided to walk out in the late
evening and take some sunset
photos of the Roman Temple.
The sun setting in the hills near
The sun has just dropped behind
the hills.
Green lights illuminating the
columns of the Roman Temple.
Not creepy at all
Closed for business
Dark alley
Dark empty streets in Evora in
July as I walk back to my hotel.
Praca do Giraldo empty on this
night. The near empty restaurant
I ate at the night before was
closed this night.
The street leading to my Hotel.