Outside Alconchel door, there's a convent from the end of the 16th century, with a very interesting gilded altar, in the transition from Baroque to Rococo styles. The convent was acquired by the state to house a cemetery in the yard, and the building is now used to the music conservatory and some temporary exhibitions,
On our city walk through the historic part of Evora we also passed the Monastery Santa Clara which was founded in 1452 by bishop Vasco Perdigão. We did not go inside but according to the official page of the Commune of Evora the churches dome is richly decorated with 16th and 17th century paintings of sacred themes in baroque style.
After the arrival in Evora by bus we walked towards the historic center of town. Not far from the city walls we passed the Convento dos Remédios, which catched my attention as I could see some menhirs standing at the entrance. The convent which was built in the first quarter of the 17th century nowadays houses a permanent exposition of the megaliths of Evora. As we had a tough sightseeing plan to do for the day we headed further, so my impression was left with a few photos from the outside.
The Convento de Santa Clara was funded in 1452. Nowadays the Évora Museum is housed in this building. The collection contains 20,000 pieces with Paintings, Sculptures and Archaeological objects..
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The cloisters next to the cathedral are interesting because there you will find some interesting tombs of bishops, beautifully decorated with the bishop's hat and stick and the cloisters are of course also a great place to get some shade and cool air on a hot summerday.
This convent produces everything it needs for its monks. They don't go out. There are two distinct monasteries. This is the one inside the walls of the fortress. The monks that live here are in "Clausura" system which means that they dont get out of the monastery.
Women can't visit this monastery. To go here you have to go direction Arraiolos all turn right when you see the road sign.
They sell a very tasty wine (from what people tell me, i can't really tell you my opinion on this matter cos i dont drink alcohol).
This convent has always been a very off the beathen path for me actually. but since i went there for the first time and now that i have an appointment to go inside, i no longer consider it as so. Its quite easy to see this convent but since i always pass in this area with the car, i've neve had time to go out and see whats going on there.
here in this convent, Infanta D. Maria of Portugal sponsored the literacy circle where the Sigeias sisters from Toledo, Paula Vicente and Ana Vaz pontificated. The coisters follow the style of Toscan Orden, designed by the architect Afonso Alvares in 1569 to 1570.
This is the outside view of this amazing complex. Theres something being constructes in front of it on the other side of the raod so I thing this view is no longer be suitable to enjoy since some kind of building will close this amazing visibility of the convent and surrounding buildings.
The coisters inside follow the style of Toscan Orden, designed by the architect Afonso Alvares in 1569 to 1570.
To go in you have to go inside the city entrance door of Porta de Lagoa, go around the convent's building and turn the first right. You'll see an arch. You have to knock at the first door on your right side just after the arch. Some nun will come to the door. just ask to go in and see the convent.
On this picture and since you're seing Evora from the outside part of the walls, the "Aqueduto da Agua de Prata" or in english the Silver Water Aqueduct from renaissance architecture designed by Fransisco de Arruda (born in Evora). By its importance and by the fact of being a large sized construction, importante people like Luis de Camoes and Joao de Barros came here to celebrate back in 1531.
This fine XV century structure was built by the same architect as the Belem Tower in Lisbon. It is now a fancy hotel (pousada).