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The university in Evora.
The university in Evora is one of the oldest universities in Portugal dating back to 1559.
It was closed down as a university though in 1759 when the jesuits who ran the university were expelled from Portugal, but it reopend again as a university after the carnation revolution in 1974.
The buildings are open to the public and show a great selection of portugese tiles (azulejos) and the architecture also shows a lot of manueline style there and the whole university complex is surely well worth a visit.
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Although the University was founded in 1559, it was closed down in the 19th century and it's only as recently as 1970 that it reopened. Very few tourists wander out this far and as term was over when we were here we had the place pretty much to ourselves.
Espirito Santo Cloisters
This is the building where part of the University of Evora is located.
Founded by the Cardeal Infante D. Henrique in 1559, it housed the professors and other personages of cultural and religious renown in the Portuguese World: St. Francisco de Borja, St. Joao de Brito, pedro de Fonseca, Mauel Alvares, Luis de Molina, Francisco Suarez and prelates of numerous dioceses troughout the Portuguese Empire, including D.Afonso Mendes, Patriarch of Abyssinia, and D. Pedro Martins, first bishop of Japan. The most noteworthy areas include the Renaissance cloister and the Sala dos Actos (Official meeting room); The Holy Spirit Temple, of Manneirist style inspired in the Church of Jesus in Rome, by the architect Da Vignola, who sent its design trough Jesuit missionaries to the portuguese territories in India and Brazil.
On the picture you have one of the lateral corridors of the cloister. Now its being used with classrooms. Classroms are full with very beautiful old tiles. You can go and visit them.
You have realy nice cloisters with a fountain in which times to times you can see some university pranks given to freshmates. They wash their hair on the fountain. Personaly I don't like this kind of pranks and I even find it old fashioned and some times cruel. But the thing is that during the beggining of the year, this takes as excuse to miss almost the first two months of classes, just to go to pranks parties and concerts. Lot's of drinking.
The venerable ancient university was founded by the Jesuits. The presence of many students lends a great atmosphere and dynamism to the city.
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