A DAY IN EVORA, PORTUGAL (OCTOBER 2014)
Another city with Medieval walls (aka my Dad’s idea of Heaven). But also a beautiful area of Portugal full of cork trees, a memento mori chapel full of bones, a visit to the rooftop of a Cathedral, and a visit to a Roman Temple…
Evora has got a diverse set of places to see for sure, and it’s small enough to see in one day trip.
On the beautiful ride through the Portuguese country side. Had a bit of a scare on the train because I didn’t bring my passport with me, but the ticket checker wanted to make sure my ticket was for me…not sure why I didn’t bring it! But that’s a warning for ya.
Made it to Evora! A little under 2 hours on the train. Poor Zach had to stay behind, his fever wouldn’t let up.
Beautiful tile work at the train station of Evora places of interest
The Church of St. Francis! We had a cab drop us from the train station (it was less than 10 minutes in the car)
The interior of the church was undergoing heavy renovations, but we were there to see the famous Chapel of Bones
I believe this was a large-scale model of the interior of the St. Francis church (what was undergoing renovations), you could step inside and see the ceiling detail recreated
Shitty pano views of the bone chapel
Meant for you to contemplate your own mortality, the doorway to the room translates to “We bones that here are, for yours await.”
This area was also undergoing some restorative work
I hope my parents use this picture in their holiday card
Here’s a map of some key areas we visited. The arrow at the bottom points to where the Bone Chapel is. From the chapel we walked up towards Praca do Giraldo (where it says St. Anton’s Church on the map). And then explored the narrow streets up towards the Catheral, and down around to the Roman Temple.
It’s all very walkable.
Yellow-lined windows and doors
We’ve arrived to the Praca do Giraldo, a main square where there used to be big market gatherings. There’s a lot of restaurants and icecream shops (cafes, and egg tart vendors as well).
This region of Portugal (Alentejo) has a large quantity of cork trees, and you’ll see that most of the touristy little souvenir shops sell cork products of all kinds. I almost bought some cork oxfords!
A ticket to the Cathedral lets you wander around the chapel, as well as a visit to the cloisters and the rooftop.
A beautiful view from a beautiful roof
I love the yellow moss that grows on this stone. It’s almost the same yellow as the classic architecture. It makes the stone look like illustration.
A view from the roof down into the cloister
Beautiful views of the red roofs in the distance
Traveling at off peak times is really lovely for times like these. We were the only ones really wandering around the site.
It was peaceful, beautiful, and you could really appreciate the personality of the light
Gorgeous green central courtyard
With views that opened up onto the Cathedral bell tower
And more gorgeous play with light
Wandering around for a quick lunch
Açorda à Alentejana, my favorite…bread and garlic soup
My dad fucking LOVING the medieval walls
Would be fun to shoot like a chase scene through these alleys
Tiny leftover piece of Roman aqueduct
A winding walk through more lil’ streets and we found ourselves at the Camara Municipal de Evora
It’s a government building, but you can walk through to the back to see Roman bath ruins they unearthed. Pretty cool.
A medieval arch that is used in many people’s daily commutes. Off Rua de D. Isabel.
Looped back up and through the medieval part of the city to see the Roman Temple ruins
There’s also a car park right next to it
A visit inside Igreja de Sao Joao Evangelista
They keep this area curtained off so you have to pay to walk around. It’s not very big, but the main draw is the gorgeous, well-preserved floor to ceiling tiling.
There’s also this gorgeous gold altar
And you can see down into the crypts
Nearby the Temple ruins and St. John the Evangelist Church is this cute little park. There was a coffee cart with a few snacks, a nice place to chill I think if you’re needing a rest.
A view of the houses from the park
Back down into the Placa do Giralda
Mama chilling out till we made it back to the train station and back to Lisbon.
And that’s it for Evora! We made it back to Lisbon pretty early, tended to a sickly Zach…
Up next will be some film photographs from Portugal. 🙂
Much love friends.