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2016年10月6日 星期四

Evora --Town Square(依奴拉古城--城市廣場)

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.





Nearly a third of the town square has been  colonised by the nearby café-restaurants.



It seems that ta open air art exhibition is in progress


a snakes built with rusted metal



a bird



a saxaphone




A Portuguese guitar


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



Another altar



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



Graffiti


More graffiti


Cultural power



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 !



Another church


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?...