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Evora, Portugal
May 16, 2008
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The southwest gate into the old city. Impressive road, eh? Following the usual Roman-Visigoth-Moors ownerships, Évora was conquered by the Christian knight Giraldo Sempavor in 1166 and flourished mightily until Portugal was annexed by Spain in the 16th century. After this, kings and nobles lost interest in living this close to the border and the city declined


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Unlike Caceres, Evora city walls are not intact although at every entrance to the old town some vestige of fortification can be found


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The Monastery of Santa Clara is about defunct and is used predominantly for cultural and related events and exhibitions


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The monastery doors were the recipients of the currently fashionable and more genteel graffiti style applied with white lipstick and similar mysteries from the depths of female purses


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Yeah, must be getting near the good stuff now 'cos the streets have got narrow. This is Ruo Serpa Pinto leading up to the central square - not too conducive to cycling


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This Portuguese mama was busy hanging her laundry out to dry


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Praça do Giraldo, the main square, Évora. Giraldo was a somewhat dubious local figure who supposedly recovered and protected the city from the Moors in 1165. The fountain, built in 1571, was supplied with water by an aqueduct, several miles of which still exist some distance from the city


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At the top of the square is Igejo de Santo Antao, a Renaissance style non-church looking church originally built between 1557 and 1563


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Five years after completion, the building collapsed during an earthquake and was rebuilt in more or less the current form around 1570


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The interior is surprisingly light and airy


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A side chapel of the church


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Camara Municipal de Evora - City Hall - in the Praca Sertorio square


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The deceptively small portico and towers of Evora's Santa Maria Cathedral, undergoing renovations, was celebrating 700 years of continuous service


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Sculptures inside the portico


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The building is hemmed in by all kinds of other structures - not surprising after 700 years - and seems to be a hodge-podge of styles


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The apse of the cathedral which, in reality, turns out to be a huge structure


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This 15th century monastery and church, Convento dos Loios and Sao Joao Evangelista, is now a luxury "pousada" in which guests pay a premium to sleep in cells and dine in the cloisters


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Believed to have been dedicated to the goddess Diana, this temple is from the 2nd or 3rd century. It was subsequently put to various undignified uses until being rescued in 1870 and restored as a monumnet


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What is left of the Largo da Porta de Moura, the so-called Moors gate at the south end of the old town. Various elements of the rambling cathedral can be seen in the background


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An odd sight in the Praca 1 de Maio, 1st of May Square - Century 21 selling a Banana Republic store


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Roof line on on side of the square


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Across the square is Igreja de Sao Francisco looking a little the worse for wear


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The stark interior of Saint Francis


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Igeja da Nossa Senhora da Graca is a curious sight indeed. With its baroque façade topped by four ungainly stone giants it is early example of the Renaissance style in Portugal


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Detail of the strange decorative figures


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The bell tower along with a couple of other roof top figures


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We left the odd church via Travessa Caraca, a narrow alleyway with traffic restricted to loading and unloading only


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Back in Geraldo's Square, we left town down the (one-way) vehicular Rua Raimundo. With its cobblestones and frequent oncoming traffic we were left to wheel our bikes all the way down


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This ghoulish monument offered no discernable explanation - just set down by the roadside, probably as a warning to others, about what, who knows?


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Another parking patrol - a roller-skate under each front wheel, jack up the rear and off it goes


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Detail of the rear wheel pick up. A couple of minutes and the car is gone


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Meanwhile, back in Giraldo's square, this little scavenger roamed freely in and out of eateries picking up whatever came its way
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