Just a few extra views and thoughts on Evora's Se.
In the first photo you can see Zohara pointing upwards at a doorway in the middle of a wall, yes a doorway. Doorway to where, well your guess is as good as mine, I just hope that there was a sign on the other side of the door saying "watch your step".
Several paintings we found at the Se were in pretty bad condition, one of them is shown here...couldn't they scrape off a little of that gold and use it to preserve the paintings?
The ceilings are of course high, arched and IMPRESSIVE, wish my living room ceiling was that high, would save on cooling in our hot summer.
The organ here was less impressive than many that we have seen, although it did appear to be well kept up. Just wish that we could have HEARD the organs from each place we visited. To actually hear them is the true comparison. If you enjoy organs and the music, then visit the BYU in Jerusalem which is the best I have ever heard.
Favorite thing: Considering some of the sites we saw later on our trip the exterior of the Se in Evora is almost simple. But that does not continue on the interior as you can see from the photos. From the grave in the floor, to the burial crypt of glass, to the gold covered walls in one of the alcoves, the interior was made to impress upon you the glory of whatever they were trying to impress upon you to believe. The brighter, fancier, bigger, shinier, the better.
Only a few days into our trip around Portugal we arrived in the city of Evora. One of the prime tourist spots is the Evora Cathedral (or Se in Portugese).
One thing that is very noticable when you enter the main portal is that the two towers flanking it are NOT THE SAME...this is very unusual I think.
Fondest memory: For a more complete and detailed explanation of the se and its environs you can look at the website-
Dom Durando Pais ordered the Cathedral construction and consecrated the main-chapel in 1283.
The protocol celebrated between the IPPAR and the Évora archdiocese allowed the formulation of a recovery and improvement Project. At a first stage, it comprises an architectural updated study, research studies in Art History, monumental archaeology and stone pathologies; and, on a second stage, the global change and recovery of the ceilings, the cleaning of the façades, the restoration of different integrated heritage, mainly of the main-chapel and cloister, as well as several other initiatives aiming at a better public reception will be done.
Favorite thing: The Évora Cathedral is the largest medieval Cathedral in the country. Its original plan, still relating to the Romanesque schemes, resembles the models adopted at the Coimbra and Lisbon Cathedrals. These models were carried out in a distinct way in the Évora Cathedral because of its late construction (c.1280-1340) that placed the building site in direct contact with the Gothic conceptions, then becoming dominant in Portugal.
Évora is so great everytime of the year. It has so different moods. When it rains, buildings due to it's age and construction fabrics intend to soak on rain water and look very heavy. So does this cathedral that look so different depending of the time of the year.
Fondest memory: the Cathedral is wonderful. try to visit the cloister's terrace. In days when the sun shines I usualy go to sell some framed pictures from Evora to the cathedral entrance. People are quite nice in terms of accepting the fact that I'm selling on the street cos in Portugal the majority of people doesn't see that kind of things with nice eyes. The funny thing about this all story is that the first person that bought me pictures was in fact the man responsible of the Catedral (Cónogo), belongs to the Cabido of The Sé. He bought me three pictures hehehe, and he advised me to have some pictures not so artistic intentioned but more turistic type if I do in fact want to sell more. I intend to change the way buildings and views normally look, like new perspectives and views people are not used to see. Many people stare for a while until they really get it mentally.
You can see some black birds on the picture, those birds in portuguese are called "gralhas" (don't know in english sorry). A "gralha"in portuguese means something that is never quiet.