University buildings-General, Évora
In Evora you will find the 2nd oldest university in Portugal,dating back to the year 1559. This university-buildings are next to the Mercade Municipal and the Franziscan church. We did not enter the buildings, a big part of them was also modernized of course but it was really interesting to learn something about this part of Potugese history.
Founded by the Cardeal Infante D. Henrique in 1559, it housed the professors and other personages of cultural and religious renown in the Portuguese World: St. Francisco de Borja, St. Joao de Brito, pedro de Fonseca, Mauel Alvares, Luis de Molina, Francisco Suarez and prelates of numerous dioceses troughout the Portuguese Empire, including D.Afonso Mendes, Patriarch of Abyssinia, and D. Pedro Martins, first bishop of Japan. The most noteworthy areas include the Renaissance cloister and the Sala dos Actos (Official meeting room); The Holy Spirit Temple, of Manneirist style inspired in the Church of Jesus in Rome, by the architect Da Vignola, who sent its design trough Jesuit missionaries to the portuguese territories in India and Brazil.
On the picture you have one of the lateral corridors of the cloister. Now its being used with classrooms. Classroms are full with very beautiful old tiles. You can go and visit them.
Located after the back part of the cathedral down the hill. There's no problem to come in and visit the classrooms and the corridors. you have tiles and old paitings all over the building. you even have realy nice cloisters with a fountain in which times to times you can see some university pranks given to freshmates. They wash their hair on the fountain. Personaly I don't like this kind of pranks and I even find it old fashioned and some times cruel. But the thing is that during the beggining of the year, this takes as excuse to miss almost the first two months of classes, just to go to pranks parties and concerts. Lot's of drinking.
This is the place of the University Visual Arts Department. Go direction Elvas after the door of Avis and visit the facilities. Go to the classes and see what the students are creating. not a problem by doing that.
many times a month students from the drama and music department give small shows to students and teachers. Go to the drama department in Portas de Moura, try to talk to one of them and ask if they by any chance have any of those perfomances. Maybe you're lucky maybe not.
this is the part of the Visual Arts.the building you see if for the 1st year of sculpture (left door) and 1st year of painting (right door). you can see some students sculptures.
This view is from the second floor. This church is the Temple of the Saint Spirit, the one I explained that was from Jesuit design taken out from the one in Rome.
Inside fountain view 1, near the bar of the building. Near this foutain you have many panels with adversitments with rooms, exchange students etc.