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    Museu de Evora. Paintings of XVI-XVIII centuries

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 18, 2014

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    Museum of Evora posseses small but wonderful collection of canvas painted by Portuguese and European Masters of XVI-XVIII centuries. Here you can see:
    1. “Winter scene” by Hendrik Avercamp (1585-1634) here you can see early hockey players.
    2. “Still life” by Balatasar Gomes Figueira (1604-1674)
    3. “A cock and two peacocks” by Jose Antonio Benedito Soares Faria e Barros (1752-1809)
    4. “Three musicians” by Jose Antonio Benedito Soares Faria e Barros (1752-1809)
    5. “King Jose I” by Joaquim Manuel da Rocha (1727-1786)

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
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    Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 h to 18:00 h .
    Last entry at 17:30 h.
    Closed on Monday, Easter Sunday, New Year holidays, 1st May and 25th December.
    Admission is 3 Euros

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    Museu de Evora/Sacred Art of XV-XVI centuries

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 19, 2014

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    Museum of Evora possesses small but wonderful collection of canvas painted by Portuguese and European Masters of XV-XVI centuries. Among renown Portuguese painters such as Gregoreo Lopes here you can see:
    1. “Virgin with Holy child, Saint Bartholomew and Saint Anthony by Alvaro Pires de Evora, active in Portugal between 1410-1438.
    2. “The judgment of Daniel or innocence of Susanna” by Francisco Henriques, active in Portugal between 1506-1518.
    3. “Our Lady of the Grace and Mercy with Holy Child, Saint Julita and Saint Cyr” by Francisco Henriques, active in Portugal between 1506-1518.
    4. “Saint Blaise” by Friar Carlos, active in Portugal between 1517-1544.
    5. Saint Cosmas, Saint Thomas and Saint Damian by by Francisco Henriques, active in Portugal between 1506-1518.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
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    Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 h to 18:00 h .
    Last entry at 17:30 h.
    Closed on Monday, Easter Sunday, New Year holidays, 1st May and 25th December.
    Admission is 3 Euros

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    Museu de Evora/Flemish Retable

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 19, 2014

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    On of the real pearls in collection of the Museum of Evora is so called Flemish Retable painted by unknown Flemish painter between 1496-1501. Ratable consists of six big panels showing the scenes of the Christ’s Passion. You can see the Last Supper, the kiss of Judas and arrest, judgment of Pilatus, deposition from the cross, Resurrection and sleepy guardians and at last Ascension. These panels are invaluable source of information on the fashion, arms and armor of the end of XV century. To my mind this ratable is real must see place in Evora.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    OPEN
    Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 h to 18:00 h .
    Last entry at 17:30 h.
    Closed on Monday, Easter Sunday, New Year holidays, 1st May and 25th December.
    Admission is 3 Euros

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    Igreja de São Francisco (1/2): General view

    by Redang Written Jun 27, 2009

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    This church was built in Gothic style (with some Manueline influences) between 1.475 and the 1.550s to the design of Martim Lourenço, replacing an earlier Romanesque church of 1.226.

    Don't misss the Capela dos Ossos/Chapel of Bones (see the next tip).

    Igreja de S��o Francisco (Evora, Portugal) Igreja de S��o Francisco (Evora, Portugal) Igreja de S��o Francisco (Evora, Portugal)

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    Fortification

    by gubbi1 Written May 17, 2012

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    Entering the historic center you will have to get through the massive walls of the town. It clearly makes visible that Evora is not far from the Spanish border along which many smaller and larger towns are massively fortified because of the times of war in the past.

    Fortification, Evora, PT
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    Museu de Evora/ Main retable of Evora Cathedral

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 20, 2014

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    Here in the Museum of Evora you are going to see main retable of Evora Cathedral. This retable is much better (to my personal mind) that present one situated in the cathedral now. This original retable was created about 1513 and consists of thirteen panels dedicated to the life of Virgin Mary. Panels were painted by unknown Flemish painter known to us as the Master of Evora Cathedral Retable. What we can only presume is that he was a member of the circle of Great Flemish painter Gerard David (1460-1523). Well, the central panel shows Virgin Mary in Glory with the Angels and all other show the scenes of her life such as the Marriage with Josef, Annunciation, Christmas, Flight to Egypt and so on. Those panels are enormously huge and occupy the whole wall.
    This is another reason why this museum is “must see’ place in Evora.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    OPEN
    Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 h to 18:00 h .
    Last entry at 17:30 h.
    Closed on Monday, Easter Sunday, New Year holidays, 1st May and 25th December.
    Admission is 3 Euros

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    Museu de Evora/Sculptures/Architecture

    by Oleg_D. Written Sep 21, 2014

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    Museum of Evora has excellent collection of early Christian graves, tombstones and sepulchers. You will be able to see excellent gothic and manueline arches and doorways, sculptures and bas-reliefs. Since I can attach only five photos I use pictures with the artifacts I liked more than others. First two pictures show you two wonderful doorways, then you can see the sepulcher of Fernao Gonsalves Cogominho (died in 1364), and at last two bas-reliefs with the coat of arms of the city of Evora. City’s coat of arms bears the equestrian figure of Portuguese National hero Geraldo the Fearless cutting of the Moorish heads. First bas-relief was made in second half of XIV century and shows as the heavily armored knight of that period. Second bas-relief was made in 1513 and shows Geraldo the Fearless as light cavalryman known at Iberian Peninsula as El Jinet.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flash light and tripod.
    OPEN
    Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 h to 18:00 h .
    Last entry at 17:30 h.
    Closed on Monday, Easter Sunday, New Year holidays, 1st May and 25th December.
    Admission is 3 Euros

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    Must see

    by Arimateia Written Jul 4, 2005

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    Surrounded by plains in the heart of the Alentejo, with its historic center and the unique atmosphere of the old town, Évora was fittingly declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1986.
    The city, enclosed within Roman, medieval and 17th-century walls, has been important since Roman times, as it can be seen by the ruins of its emblematic Roman Temple , built in the 2nd century AD.
    The animated main square, Praça do Giraldo, has Moorish arcades, a fountain dating from 1571 and is a popular meeting-place on market days.
    From there you can explore the city´s more than 20 churches and monasteries, ancient streets with often curious names or the more touristical Rua 5 de Outubro, with shops selling handicrafts from copper pans to carved cork.

    Évora has excellent restaurants and you can stay, for example, in the Convento dos Lóios, a 15th-century monastery turned into a pousada (a state-run inn).
    The city´s Cathedral, built between 1186 and 1204, includes a Gothic entrance with the sculpted figures of the Apostles, an 18th-century main altar and many other treasures of sacred art; the 15th-century church of São Francisco is famous for its fascinating but rather sinister Chapel of Bones, made from the remains of monks.
    But Évora is also a lively town due mainly to its University. The Jesuits first installed a school there in 1559, but they were banned and the school closed in the 18th century; now, it is still part of the new University, with its elegant cloister, a Baroque chapel and magnificent azulejos (painted tiles).

    Convento da cartuxa (Monastery) Pra��a do Giraldo (Giraldo Square) Giraldo (main square) City arches

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    City Walls

    by pieter_jan_v Written Dec 21, 2009

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    The city walls are still present around Évora. At the North side the oldest walls from the Roman time can be seen, at the South side are the newest. Both round and square watchtowers are part of the walls.

    Watchtower at Largo Alconchel Watchtower at Largo Alconchel
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    Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Graca

    by Sambawalk Written Feb 13, 2005

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    The church entrance is topped by 4 uncomfortable-looking stone giants. This is one of the first appearances in the 17th century cloister of the adjoining monastery of the Renaissance style in Portugal.

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    Water Elevatory Central (CEA)

    by dcwizard Written May 8, 2005

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    Built in the 1930s, the CEA's function was to facilitate the distribution of water to the entire city. The complex, which is now a museum, includes the Elevatory Station, which helped bring water to the higher areas of the city.

    The Water Elevatory Station and Park
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    16th-Century Water Tank

    by dcwizard Written May 8, 2005

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    This water tank is a classical work built by Francisco de Arruda around 1538. It is based on a rectangular plan, built in pure renaissance style, with a central tank surrounded by twelve tuscan columns.

    The Old Water Tank in Evora
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    Paleolithic and Neolithic Monuments

    by cheryl-b Written Mar 21, 2004

    The region surrounding Evora is filled with paleolithic and neolithic monuments, including some 50,000-year-old cave paintings and etchings at Escoural cave and the Zambujeiro dolmen, the largest dolmen in Europe. They're truly amazing--one of the best things I've seen in Europe thus far. And, unlike the more well-known cave paintings in France, these aren't always (a) closed to tourists or (b) packed with a waiting list.

    A dolmen that's been turned into an 18th c. church
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    Sé (1/2)

    by Redang Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Sé (Cathedral) of Evora, built in 1.186, is a mixture of romanesque and gothic style. The main nave is 70 m. long, and the portal has 14th century sculpted Apostles.

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    Theater

    by el_ruso Written Jan 4, 2006

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    The city has a large theater and a large square in front of it. Underneath there is a convenient public parking.

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