The beaten path takes people quickly across St Francisco church to visit Bones Chapel.
Step a bit outside the path, and pay a little more attention to the church - it is wonderful, and one of the best places in Evora to appreciate Portuguese traditional tiles.
Évora is beautiful, but it doesn't limit to stay there - there are things happening. In my last visit, Graça church has a display of hundreds of nativity scenes, locally called "presépios".
It was a very interesting display, well classified, according with the dominant materials but also with regions and their cultural diversity.
Not to be missed.
To find out about arts and culture offerings while in Evora, contact the Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida. The Fundacao offers art exhibits, concerts, workshops and conferences throughout the year.
During my 3-day visit to Evora, I was browsing around the streets of Evora and came across a poster announcing "A Fotografia Revolucionaria," a photography exhibit being held at the Forum Eugenio de Almeida, one of the Fundacao's venues.
Just a short walk from the Diana Temple area, the Forum was housed in an old building that has been converted to a modern art exhibit space, a cafeteria and a museum store.
The exhibit was wonderful; photos dated from 1845 to modern day taken by Portuguese and other international photographers were featured. The exhibit traced the use of photographs as objects of art, to political expression, to methods of communication and memory, to "snapshots" of historical moments over time.
When you plan your visit to Evora, check out the Fundacao's website for up-to-date information on its current and future exhibits, concerts and workshops. The Fundacao's administrative offices are located at:
Pateo de S. Miguel, Apartado 2001
phone: 266 748 300
However, the Forum exhibit space, cafeteria and store are located at:
Forum Eugenio de Almeida
Rua Vasco de Gama, No. 13
phone: 266 748 350
Admission to most exhibits are free, and the Forum exhibit space is open daily from 9:30 to 18:30.
I noticed that the Fundacao hosts a Concerto de Natal (Christmas concert) at the Se de Evora, which sounds like a fantastic opportunity to hear classical music and Christmas songs in a historic setting.
Check it out on your next visit--I surely will!
In the Jardim Publico, the public garden, you will find a living calender. It shows the date of the day built of small trees. I think it is a funny idea and worth to be mentioned here on VT.
As you can see, the great VT-trip to Evora took place at the 2nd of June in 2009.
The Almendres Cromlech megalithic complex is near the town of Guadalupe, therefore, Evora, and it’s one of the earliest public monuments. It is the largest existing group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the largest in Europe.
This megalithic monument originally consisted of more than one hundred monoliths, some of which have been taken away for other uses. A recent dig showed that the complex had undergone several building phases during the neolithic period (5000 - 4000 B.C.). The complex was found rather late, in 1964 and it consists of 92 menhirs of different sizes, and it's 2.000 years older than Stonehenge.
Note: Info taken from some brochiures and the net.
How to get there:
- By Car: From Evora, take road N-114 (west), then, take left to Guadalupe.
- By Taxi: It's another option.
Igrea da Graca is not far from the Franciscan church and even though it looks quite interesting from outside, it is off-limits for visitours, because it is nowadays a part of building of the ministery of defence next to it. So we just took a look on our way to the cathedral.
This church of Santa Clara, a former Jesuite-church was transferred into the Museu de Evora and we passed by it when walking from the Busstation to Praga de Giraldo.
The museum is under reconstruction at the moment, this is why we did not go there.
High above the cloisters of the cathedral you may take a walk and get a nice view of the old town of Evora and also of some details of the cathedral that you cannot see when standing in the street in front of it.
It is a bit complicated to get up and down in 2 narrow spiral staircases, that unfortunately will have one-way-trafic only, BUT nowhere you will find an information, which stair is up and which is down - see it my last picture, there is also no fence around the stairs on top.
After the Roman Temple, Evora's most significant Roman ruins are the baths uncovered beneath the town hall. By the looks of things they are still excavating parts of this area. On Mon-Fri during office hours you can wander in and take a look.
Now after explaining my fascination with cemetaries, I ought to also tell you that this is one reason why I decided to explore Évora. They have a renowned chapel of bones as well, which I have a travelogue about. Back in school I took an anthropology course on death. Now I never had this weird fascination until then, and I was given a different perspective on how to view it.
I was hoping to catch a funeral in progress at this cemetary, but no such luck availed...
This may seem like an odd activity, but I am attracted to cemetaries of all types, not just those that have any special significance. Now how many of you would spend a big chunk of your afternoon prowling around a cemetary while on vacation? I know, I am a bit odd, but I am sure there's more of you out there who can appreciate my actions...Sometimes, it is the most relaxing and peaceful place you can seek out when trying to escape the bustle of a city.
This beautiful cemetary was between the historic center and the bus station. Take some time to explore the intricate graves, statues, and family vaults in alignment.
In the gardens around D. Manuel's palace there's a small statue of Vasco da Gama.
It was offered by the population of Natal, in South Africa, to commemorate his 500Th anniversary.
The peaceful and quiet garden at Praca 1 de Maio, near the city walls, was where Vasco da Gama received the comission to travel to India.
Travessa Dos Lagares 3, Evora PT-7000-56, Portugal
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Rua Candido dos Reis, 72, Evora, 7000, Portugal
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