There are still many cabriolets in Portugal. Evora is no exception.
After the visit to the St. Francis Church and the Chapel of Bones, it was time for the town square some way off.
a snakes built with rusted metal
An Electric guitar
A treasure chest from Lisbon
They were the rusted iron works of the artist João Goncha:who is hoping to create new meaning for abandoned material
The artist's works form part of a 3-month "Art Encounter on the Street" by the small town. It treats of themes relating to Sounds, Movements, Images from mid-July to the end of September.
An old fashioned street lamp in the square
A marble fountain in front of the local church
There are chunks of marble on the ground. On closer inspection, they don't appear to be waste materials. Perhaps they form part of the Art Encounter on the street? Could that be looked upon as a seal?
And this,a walrus? A Scottie?
Another difficult to tell shape. Really:depends on one's imagination!
Ah, old wooden doors which I love
It's the entrance to the Church of Santo Antão, the building of which first started in 1553. But it wasn't completed until 1563. However, not 5 years passed before it became severely damaged by the an earthquake. It has since been rebuilt.
I paid O.5 Euro and was permitted to take my first picture: The painting above shows the presentation of Jesus at the Temple and the Purification of Our Lady. In the niche is at the centre is St. Joao de Deus to its side are St. Nuno de Santa Maria and St. Joao de Brito. Below them are paintings of various saints
At the top is the Holy Trinity,. Below that is Jesus on the crucifix: Lord of the Earthquakes. Below it is the holy family. The tabernacle is crafted in Baroque style. Below that on the ground is the grave of Father Azevedo Cotrim
The angel with a protective sword in hand:is St. Michael and below him various Souls
Above the altar is the statue of Our Lady of Health, brought to the church in 1816 from the St. Margarida Convent, near to Evora.: each side are statues of St. Rita of Cassida and St. Brizida.
Mary and infant Jesus
Our lady of the Remedies
Another religious painting
The Holy Mother and Child supported by cherubims
St. Teresa de Liseux
Our Lady of Fatima and below her St. Antonio and St. Brás.. Below her in the little niche is St. Luzia
Jesus baptized by his cousin John the Baptist in the River Jordan
Another statue to Mary and the Holy Child
Some of the paint on the wall of the old church has peeled off
Crystal chandeliers in the old church
Looking back at the town square
The water in the fountain are still running
Some locals having a man to man talks
A branch of the Bank of Portugal. Banks always occupy the busiest part of towns
A last look at the Sao Antão Church before we are taken to lunch
A pharmacy in Evora. But we need food more than medicine.
Is there anywhere in the world where you won't find any I-phones?
This is where we stopped for our lunch
Feitoao Bife-- a steak house !
Where there's meat, how can you not have wine ?
or a wine bar
A very Medieval place built with granite and sandstone
with piilars and floral arches
where water or beer is served in bubble-glass mugs
of different colors
parts of it look quite modern
talking whilst working, that's become normal nowadays.
The car park
The houses are all painted white and yellow
I can see some definite Moorish influence here
Full of arches and corridors
The alleys here are quite narrow
It was close to another church with spires like those of castles. I can imagine how powerful the Catholic Church once was. There were more churches than 7-11's.. It's the Cathedral of Evora, built shortly after the Portuguese re-conquest of Evora from the Moors in 1166. First built between 1184-1204, further modified 1280-1340 into Gothic style, it's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
metal gates at the top of the steps. I wonder why they need that.
A hole in the wall
Reminds me of the cafés and tea houses in the maze of narrow alleys in Iran
What a delightful way to grow flowers !
A closer view
Igreja Nossa Senhora da Graça (Church of Our Lady of Grace), completed 1551 and now also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I imagine that church building must have been a very lucrative business: it benefits quite a lot of people: the priests, the bishops, those who supply the materials: glass, bricks, stones, iron, wood, brass, bronze, gold, silver, paints, tiles; those who supply the design and supervisions: architects, engineers and it created employment for master craftsman, artisans and ordinary workmen; it helps to create money flow for bankers and there are multiplier effects like creating a steady need for food and beverage and benefits the providers for the same...more or less like public work projects by our modern day governments.
an old fashioned wooden door with a hand-shaped door-knocker
After lunch, we'd be on our way to Spain. This is where we stopped to stretch our legs a little
The sky is divided by wires
Another saint backed by an angel
A castle we passed by: endless wars and battles !
and an aqueduct: the vestiges of the once all powerful Roman Empire
a view of the same from our coach
another monument on a round-about: with a spear, shield and a chain mail
We passed through miles and miles of vineyard, olive groves: the ultimate cause of numerous wars?...