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Historic Center of EvoraFast Facts
- Location: About 110 km east of Lisbon.
- Best time to Visit: Throughout the year.
- Preferred Timing: Daytime
- How to Reach:By train from Lisbon: alternatively by bus or car
- Nearest International Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport
- Nearest Railway Station: Evora
- Time required for sightseeing: 2 days
Historic Center of Evora in Portugal has immense historical, religious, and archaeological significance. Discovery of megaliths dating back to 4000 BC and the Roman city of Liberalitas Julia of which existed around 80 BC underlines the archaeological importance of Evora. A cathedral, and a Roman temple, along wit the above mentioned Franciscan chapel suggest the religious significance of this place. The town, though small, has an intriguing combination of Baroque, Gothic, Romanesque, Roman, Renaissance, and Manueline architectural patterns. Whether you are an architect, a historian, an archaeologist, or a clergy you will discover something to make your visit to Evora, a UNESCO world heritage site near Lisbon, a lifetime event.
Visit the Church of Our Lady of Grace or 'Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Graí§a', a 15th century building characterized by Baroque architecture with neoclassical columns in the lower levels and stone rosettes flanking the central window shaft. The faí§ade featuring massive 'Atlases' will surprise you. This church can only be seen from outside.
If you feel somewhat dejected of not being able to visit the inside of Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Graí§a, then the inside of Royal Church of St. Francis (Igreja Real de Sí£o Francisco) will leave you exasperated. The Chapel of Bones or 'Capela dos Ossos' has its pillars and walls lined with human skulls and bones. Also make a careful note of two full corpses hanging from near the chapel's ceiling. This church with Manueline and Gothic architectural styles was constructed between 1460 and 1510 A.D. Pay â‚¬ 1 to enter Royal Church of St. Francis which remains open daily from 8:30 am to 1 pm and from 2:30 pm till 6 pm.
If you have panache for architecture, then Evora Síé Cathedral will impress you with its outstanding combination of Romanesque and Gothic architectures. Initially constructed in the Romanesque style between 1186 and 1204 it was renovated in Gothic style in early 15th century. The faí§ade of two asymmetrical towers on either side of the huge doorway stands out. The portal arch consisting of idols of 12 apostles is remarkable. You need to pay an entrance fee of â‚¬ 1 to visit Síé Cathedral on all days between 8:30 am and 1 pm, and between 2:30 pm and 6 pm. On Mondays the Cathedral Museum remains closed.
Related Links :
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=PDNm8CiwaaU: A wonderful guided tour to the cathedral and the chapel, along with detailed views of the interior of this eerie architecture. Check it out!
http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=GfgaeaMmy6c: For a comprehensive view of the ancient and historic town of Evora with all its major attractions including the Chapel of the Bones, watch this video! Wonderful music too!