|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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|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
|The Templo Romano (2nd or 3rd
century AD). It survived as a
fortress during the Middle Ages
and was only recently restored.
|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
|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.
|Grace Church was a
Renaissance monastery (1511
AD). Atlantean figures decorate
the facade (called the Boys of
|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.
|Over 3 km of 14th-Century walls
|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
|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
|The Church of St. Antao (1563
AD). Damaged and destroyed by
earthquakes it has been rebuilt a
|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
|Green lights illuminating the
columns of the Roman Temple.
|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.