Historic Centre of Évora

I left my hostel in Lisbon for a night to take a bus eastwards to Evora, arriving in intense mid-afternoon heat and spending the next three hours in a fortuitously found airconditioned hotel room. It was still energy sapping when I ventured out in the evening to look around town, sticking to the shady side of every street.

Evora - main square

Evora - main square

 The town is described on the UNESCO website as a ‘museum town’ and includes the remains of a Roman temple, a mostly Gothic cathedral, a 16th century aqueduct, a 17th century surrouding wall and lots of old and attractive buildings, some with Moorish style details.

Evora - houses built into the arches of the aqueduct

Evora - houses built into the arches of the aqueduct

It also has a church with a Baroque chapel decorated with human bones, for the monks to contemplate the impermanence of life in.

Evora - Chapel of Bones

Evora - Chapel of Bones

In the evening I found my way to a town fair, which was an interesting mix of fun fair, street market (stalls piled with cheap shoes and household goods), craft stalls, promotional stands (for the police, the university and the national forest amongst others) and food fair, with both ‘proper’ eateries in a marquee and fast food wagons (although even some of these had waiter service).

Evora cathedral - carving on choir stall of rabbits roasting a man on a spit

Evora cathedral - carving on choir stall of rabbits roasting a man on a spit

On Sunday I ‘did’ the cathedral (which included going up onto the roof of the nave), the associated museum of sacred art and the Chapel of Bones before catching a bus back to Lisbon. The museum had some hilarious (to me) effigies of the infant Jesus which were basically kitch dolls. My favourite had Christ as a chubby putti lounging asleep on a cross propped up on a skull, all in a little glass box. Sadly the museum did not allow photographs.

Evora cathedral

Evora cathedral

An awful lot of my Lego models seem to have been church facades, and here’s another one, of the cathedral. I hope you’re not getting too bored of them.

Lego Evora cathedral

Lego Evora cathedral

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