Cathedral, Évora

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    Cathedral/SE

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 22, 2014

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    Cathedral of Evora is also known as SE which means Episcopal Residence because that acronym derives from Latin “Sedes Episcopalis”. This cathedral was built in 1280-1340 at the place of previous Romanesque Cathedral which was built by 1204 after the liberation the city from the Moors in 1166. This cathedral is the biggest in Portugal. Although the cathedral and its cloister are gothic in their style all interiors after several reconstructions are baroque. If you are interested to see its original altarpieces, icons and statues you can see them in the museum of Evora. According to local popular beliefs Vasco da Gama god the flags of his expedition blessed here in this cathedral in 1497.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission to cathedral is 1,50 Euros. Museum, cloister and roof 2,50 Euros.
    Open:
    09:30 -12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
    Museum closed Mondays.

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    Cathedral/Main portal

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 22, 2014

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    Main portal of the Cathedral of Evora is expressively gothic in style. It decorated with statues of traditional Apostles and Prophets. On the both sides from the doors are the tombs of local aristocracy. Since tombs are from second half of XIII, beginning of XIV centuries they have no effigies. A pity!
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission to cathedral is 1,50 Euros. Museum, cloister and roof 2,50 Euros.
    Open:
    09:30 -12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
    Museum closed Mondays.

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    Cathedral/Roof

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 22, 2014

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    During your visit to Evora Cathedral don’t forget to get up on the roof. At the roof you will be able to observe beautiful architecture of three towers and enjoy wonderful views of beautiful valleys and mountains surrounding city of Evora. I highly recommend visiting the roof of cathedral.
    Admission to cathedral is 1,50 Euros. Museum, cloister and roof 2,50 Euros.
    Open:
    09:30 -12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
    Museum closed Mondays.

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    Cathedral/Interiors

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 22, 2014

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    Although present cathedral was mostly built between 1280 and 1340 I will not be able to find something from that period inside of the cathedral except its walls and columns. Almost all internal icons, statues, reliquaries and etc. are from XVII century. Don’t be very disappointed with that fact because you can see majority of the Cathedral artifacts such as icons, statues and bas-reliefs made before XVI century in the Museum of Evora situated next door from Cathedral.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission to cathedral is 1,50 Euros. Museum, cloister and roof 2,50 Euros.
    Open:
    09:30 -12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
    Museum closed Mondays.

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    Cathedral/Museum

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 22, 2014

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    Well, since it is strictly prohibited to take any kind of photos in the Cathedral Museum I obeyed the rule and cannot show you any artifacts from that museum. The only thing I can show you is the museum building. If you have a look at the pictures then you will see white building standing wall to wall the cloister. This is Cathedral Museum. To get in to museum you have to get out of the cathedral through the southern wing of transept, walk about twenty paces to find yourself in front of the museum door. The door is locked but you should input special code received from the orderly when you bought a ticket. Well, this is usual sacred art museum and majority of its artifacts were made in second half of XVI and XVIII centuries. There are only couple icons painted in first quarter of XVI century. All elder icons and artifacts are displayed at the Museum of Evora. Cathedral museum is worth to visit once but no more.
    Admission to cathedral is 1,50 Euros. Museum, cloister and roof 2,50 Euros.
    Open:
    09:30 -12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
    Museum closed on Mondays.

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    Cathedral/Cloister

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 22, 2014

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    Gothic cloister of Evora Cathedral was built in XIV century. There is nothing extraordinary in that cloister. As everywhere you can see wonderful gothic galleries and arches, sculptures of saints and tombs. The only extraordinary this in this cloister is real feeling of enormous tranquility.
    Admission to cathedral is 1,50 Euros. Museum, cloister and roof 2,50 Euros.
    Open:
    09:30 -12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
    Museum closed Mondays.

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    Cathedral/Cloister Galleries

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 22, 2014

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    In gothic cloister galleries you will find beautiful gothic chapel and many tombs. Unfortunately there are no tombs of local military aristocracy, all those tombs situated here belong to clergymen. You will also find there wonderful gothic statues of Virgin Mary and Saints.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Admission to cathedral is 1,50 Euros. Museum, cloister and roof 2,50 Euros.
    Open:
    09:30 -12:00 and 14:00 – 17:00
    Museum closed Mondays.

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    Cathedral St. Maria

    by salinhopt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built in the gothic style, completed in the 12th century and with a 14th century ogival cloister, the main entrance is decorated with sculptures of the apostles, the interior dates from the 17th - 18th century. The Sacred Art Museum is situated in the gallery above the nave house of the cathedral. Don't miss it!

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    Sé de Évora (Évora Cathedral)

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 23, 2009

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    The history of the Cathedral of Évora starts in 1166, when the area was freed from the Moorisch. 20 years later a modest building devoted to the Virgin Mary was built. Between 1280 and 1340 the church was enlarged in an early Gothic style. In the 14th century cloisters were added. In the 16th century the Manueline chapel of the Esporão was built. In the 18th century a new main chapel in Baroque style was constructed.

    Visting hours: 9AM - Noon and 2PM - 4.50PM

    Admission fees:
    Cathedral: Euro 1.50
    Cathedral + Cloister: Euro 2.50

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    Catedral, museum (treasury) cloister

    by dila Written Jun 20, 2009

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    together you pay 3.50 for a ticket reduction 3 euro (seniors and students)
    cathedral and Cloister 2.50 euro reduction 2 euro
    only cathedral 1.50 euro
    in the treasure its not aloud to take pictures
    open 9.30 - 12.15 and 14.00 - 16.45
    closed on monday

    see travelogues for more pictures
    the cathedral is 1 of the oldest in Evora. since 1988 is unesco
    The first building is built between 1184 and 1204

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    A Lady's tomb guarded by angels

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    Isn't that a great way to go into paradise for this noble lady who's tomb you will find in a side-chapel of the cloisters of the catheral. 2 angels are lying next to her, giving her shelter and the sarkophag is rested on the backs of two strong lions. Enlarge also my extra-pics in order to see the fine details of that wonderful work of art.
    There are also 3 tombs of bishops in the cloisters, see them in my last picture !

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    Go inside the cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    Go inside the cathedral and you will see a wonderful interior, you may go to the treasury from there and into the great cloisters. For all of them you have to pay a small entrancefee, all 3 of them were 4,50 euros, so that was not really much, but I skiped the treasury, because only there photography was forbidden, while in the other parts it was no problem.
    Some of the altars are covered by pure gold, that was taken from South America in the times of colonisation.

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    dont miss the cathedral

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    Dont miss the cathedral, it looks very impressive already from outside with one spire that is covered by colorful tiles, while the other spire is not.My favorite part of the outside of the cathedral was the entrance-gate with 12 excellent sculptures, obviously the 12 apostles.
    The cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th century after the moors had left the area and you will find elements of the Roman and the gothic style in it.

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    Sé Catedral

    by rita_simoes Written Nov 24, 2007

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    Évora is a city full of churches, almost one at every corner! But Sé is definetely the most beautiful and impressive. I found it even more charming on the back side than on the front!

    Unfortunately I didn't have time to visit the interior, but I noticed that there was an entrance fee.

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    Se in Evora

    by evilprebil Written Feb 11, 2007

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    The funniest part of the Se was seeing an 80 year old woman pour water all over the steps in full make-up and four inch heels. Scary! At this point in my trip it was ABC (Another Bloody Church) but the pictures show you what a pretty church it was.

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