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The Roman Temple

 

Entrance to Sao Joae Evangelista

Inside the church- the beautiful blue tiles

 

 

Sedan Chair

Wonderful travelling chest

In the courtyard

Views across the surrounding countryside

 

Inside the cathedral

Town Hall

Roman Bath


Our first day in this part of Portugal had been wet and windy but it made us have a rest after our journey from the Algarve the day before.

The weather was grey and overcast but not raining the next day so we decided to head into Evora. By chance we found a parking space just down from the main historic points of interest in the town. Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its long history reaching back to Roman times and also it being a key Moorish stronghold in the 12th century.

As well as being a walled town, which we discovered later is common in this northern part of the Alentjo region, dominating the centre are the remains of a Roman temple. This Temple dates back to 2nd century AD and also had an illustrious but bloody history since then as an execution place in the Inquisition and a slaughter house until 1870.

Close to the temple was the small church Sao Joae Evangelista. This Gothic church had the most amazing tiled interior. The “azulejos” was the masterpiece of Antonio Bernardes in the 18th century and depict the life of Sao Lourenco Justiniano founder of the Loios order of monks.

Walking towards the cathedral we found a small carriage museum. Talking to the very chatty lady on the desk we discoursed that the museum was operated by the Eugenio de Almeida Foundation. The foundation was the legacy of one local benefactor Vasco Maria Eugenio de Almeida a man of strong Christian and humanist convictions, philanthropist and patron of the arts. This museum with his former collection of carriages was only a small element of the foundation work.

From the museum we then explored the courtyard behind and got some good views of the surrounding countryside before eventually finding the cathedral. Although not that impressive from the outside the cathedral’s interior was beautiful and typically ornate.

Leaving the cathedral we had to wait awhile due to very heavy rain before walking to the town’s main square to have a quick look at the remains of an old Roman baths in the town hall.

The rain by now looked as it was in for the rest of the day so we decided to head back to base.

We had an enjoyable evening chatting with Yvonne and Brian from Harrogate who we had met at the campground in Lagos and who had recommended our current campground.



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