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    Igreja Real de São Francisco

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 16, 2014

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    Igreja Real de São Francisco or Royal Church of Saint Francis in Évora was built between 1475 and 1550 and the foundations of previous Romanesque church of 1226. Although church was built mostly in Gothic and Manueline style its interiors are typical Baroque after several reconstructions. Main portal is in typical Manueline style and has personal Royal Portuguese coat of arms and badges of Kings Juan II (the pelican) and globe of Manuel I.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open: Mon-Sat 09:00–12:45 and 14:30–17:45, Sunday same hours but opens at 10:00

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    Igreja Real de São Francisco/Interiors

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 16, 2014

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    Igreja Real de São Francisco or Royal Church of Saint Francis in Évora was built in Gothic and Manueline style but due to many reconstructions and renovations its interior are totally baroque now. Only walls and columns are gothic. In fact all altarpieces are baroque and created later than the end of XVI century. If you would lice to see some original icons from this church you need to visit local museum near Roman temple of Diana.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open: Mon-Sat 09:00–12:45 and 14:30–17:45, Sunday same hours but opens at 10:00

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    Igreja Real de São Francisco/Claustro

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 16, 2014

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    Igreja Real de São Francisco or Royal Church of Saint Francis in Évora is best known for its chapel that is not for the faint of heart. In the Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones) but before to get in that chapel you will have to pass through the church claustro or cloister. This cloister was built between 1492 and 1510. Unfortunately only two galleries of the cloister survived till nowadays. But even these remains give us enough to imagine how wonderful it was here. This cloister with its roses and orange trees put you in the mood of full tranquility and peace.
    Entrance is free.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    Open: Mon-Sat 09:00–12:45 and 14:30–17:45, Sunday same hours but opens at 10:00

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    Ermida de São Bras

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 15, 2014

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    Hermitage (church founded by the hermits) of Sao Bras or Saint Blaise was built about 1490. Probably this church is the earliest project of Diogo de Boitac who is considered the originator of the Manueline style in architecture. Church comprise three styles such as Gothic, Manueline and Mudejar. Unfortunately we failed to get in the church because when we were walking toward the center on the city there was mass and when we came back in the evening church was already closed. So, I have a reason to cam back to that wonderful city.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Open: from Monday through Friday
    From 08:00–11:00 and 13:00–18:00

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    Graça church

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    UNESCO world heritage, this church is one of the best examples of Portuguese Renaissance style.

    In 1834 it was nationalized and transformed in military headquarters, accelerating its ruin. Some altars were transferred elsewhere and the restoring works about 50 years ago saved the building, but with severe losses inside.

    It had a very interesting temporary display when we visited it

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    S. Francisco

    by solopes Updated Dec 30, 2012

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    This conventual church was established during D. João II and D. Manuel reigns, to substitute the primitive one, coming from the foundation of the country.

    Magnificent example of late gothic with a multiplicity of influences, mainly from Spain and France, it includes also the famous bones chapel.

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    The Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 20, 2012

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    Just beside the Roman temple, this cathedral built between the 12th and 13th century and where Romanesque melts with Gothic, its easy to visit and surely deserves it.

    From the 14th to the 18th centuries it received a few addings, with different styles, that is possible to verify and compare.

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    St. Francis Church

    by gubbi1 Written May 17, 2012

    The St. Francis Church was built between 1480 and 1510 in gothic-manueline style by the stonemason masters Martim Lourenço and Pero de Trilho. There is a very beautiful golden altar and nice and large azulejos to admire. Well worth a visit!

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    St Anton's Church

    by gubbi1 Written May 17, 2012

    Directly in the very center of Evora facing the Praça de Giraldo you will find the St Anton's Church from the 16th century. During our visit to Evora as an excursion of the Euromeet we had a look at this large and beautiful church. Inside the stones are keep in a very light color, but interesting altars bring in some color.

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    Igreja de São Francisco

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 22, 2009

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    The Igreja de São Francisco church started as a Romanesque church bf 1226.. This building was replaced between 1475 and the 1550 by the present Gothic church.

    Visiting hours:
    Mo-Sa: 9AM - 12.45PM and 2.30PM - 5.10PM
    Su: 10AM -12.45PM and 2.30PM - 5.10PM

    Free admission

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    the franciscan church

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    The franciscan church is certainly the most beautiful and ornate of all churches in Evora, concerning its interior, even though it does not look very impressive from outside. Most tourists will go to that church and will visit only the tiny bone-church next to it, that was part of the franciscan monastery once.

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    The church of St. Antao

    by globetrott Updated Jun 7, 2009

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    The church of St. Antao is the big church overlooking the main square of Evora and it has an interesting interior with decorations of pure gold and in some parts you will find paintings in combination with tiles, that looked very unique for me.

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    Capela dos ossos - S. Francisco Church

    by veigapaula Written May 30, 2006

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    Creepy!!!!!!!
    Real human bones on every wall..

    It was build by a monk that, in the baroque spirit of that era, wanted to transmit the message of life being transitory, as you can see in the famous warning at the entrance “Nós ossos que aqui estamos pelos vossos esperamos” or in English: “We bones that are here, for your bones we wait”. The chapel is formed by 3 spans of 18,70 meters in length and 11 meters width, the light enters through 3 small openings on the left. It's walls and eight pillars are "decorated" with bones and skulls held together by cement. The ceiling is made in white painted brick and are painted with death reminding motifs. The number of skeletons was calculated to be about 5000, coming from the cemeteries that were situated inside churches, of the monks religious order. (Wikipedia)

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    Our Lady of Carmo Church

    by dcwizard Updated May 9, 2005

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    Given by the crown in 1665, the Carmelites settled down in the old sixteenth century palace founded by D. Jaime de Braganca, conqueror of Northern Africa in 1513. The wrought iron railing in the main entrance of the church and the imposing front door remain from the former palace. The front door is embellished by the knot shape which symbolizes the House of Braganca.

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    Nossa Senhora da Graca Our Lady of Grace)

    by dcwizard Written May 8, 2005

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    This 16th-Century church features a Palladian facade, above which sit four muscular figures, each supporting a globe. The four figures are nicknamed "Os Meninos," or "the children."

    This church, with well-defined Roman elements, is considered one of the first works of Renaissance style in Portugal.

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