Cathedral, Évora

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    Sé de Évora
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    The 'Se' or Cathedral of Santa Maria

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 28, 2004

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    The 'Se'

    This amazing structure, whose construction was started in 1186 and completed in 1250, was a long time in the making! Architecturally, it is a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Maybe this is why it has a strange unbalanced appearance with one of its main towers being topped by a normal turrent while the other has a blue cone!

    Legend has it that the fleet of Vasco de Gama, bound for the mysterious oceans of the Far East, had their flags blessed here in 1497.

    In our case, it was interesting to note how much cooler it felt inside the high roofed naves of this cathedral as compared to the scorching temperatures outside. These old architects really knew what they were doing!

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    Cathedral

    by micas_pt Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    This Cathedral took more than 50 years to be built – the construction works started in 1186, the church was consecrated in 1204 but it was only considered finished in 1250. Some say it resembles a fortress – I guess it is due to the 2 towers that stand on each side of the main door. This Cathedral shows details of the transition of Romanesque to Gothic styles; inside there is also a unique detail of hybrid Plateresque architecture that dates from 1529. It is said that the flags of Vasco da Gama ships’ (famous Portuguese sailor, who “discovered” the maritime route to India) were blessed here, in 1497, before departing to the sea.

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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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    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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    Cathedral St. Maria

    by salinhopt Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Evora - Cathedral

    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 Cathedral

    by johnsakura Written Jul 26, 2003

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    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.
    he 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.

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    Cathedral by night

    by johnsakura Updated Feb 1, 2004

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    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.

    During the night, the cathedral get special colors and its mysticism grows. Unique show here in town. If you look at the bell tower they look great. If you go around the building until you reach its "Rosacea" and if the lights inside the church are litten, you'll never forget the spetacle.

    Dom Durando Pais ordered its construction and consecrated the main-chapel in 1283. Its main portal, already from the 30's of the 14th century, forms one of the most impressive Portuguese Gothic portals: it has a row of sculptures of considerable size, representing the Apostles, by Master Pêro, the main figure of the 14th century Portuguese Gothic sculpture. This Coimbra's master was also responsible for both the iconographic programme of the cloister, with the marble column-statues of the Evangelistas (Evangelists) in each angle of the wings, and the Capela do Fundador (Founder's Chapel), the funerary space of the bishop Dom Peter, who ordered this taskwork and who is buried here in a lying monument. The cloister was built according to the scheme of the cloisters of King Dinis's reign, namely the one in the Lisbon Cathedral and keeps interesting structural resemblances with it.

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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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    Cathedral

    by johnsakura Updated Jul 17, 2003

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    I just love this cathedral. Its ambiance, its freshness inside, its calmness felt till the bones. A wonderfull place to meditate full of interesting stories and different art periods. I used to come here a lot on my past university year to study it for Portuguese Art History subject. All a different way of knowing it. a little bit of the history:
    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.

    The inside cloisters are a must and you can't visit it without go inside it and see where medieval monks used to pray and meditate. It has anice orange tree inside where you can actually pick some oranges. Special power felt on those oranges.

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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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    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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    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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    The Cathedral of Santa Maria

    by dcwizard Written May 8, 2005

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    Carved Figures of the Apostles Welcome Visitors

    The granite Cathedral of Santa Maria was begun in 1186 and completed in 1250. The cathedral melds romanesque and Gothic styles in this castle-like cathedral with two towers, one topped with turrets and the other with a blue cone. Flanking the main portal are beautiful sculptures of the Apostles from the 14th Century. In the peaceful cloister dating from around 1325, statues of the Evangelists stand watch at each corner.

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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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    Se - Fortress like Cathedral

    by Sambawalk Updated Feb 13, 2005

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    You can climb the steps in the south tower to reach the treasury. Admission EUR3.

    On the other hand, you can get to the top of the walls, south side of the cathedral, as you see from the pic by climbing a circular staircase from the corner of the cloister. It offers good view.

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