Évora, white city of golden plains
On this journey southwards, we enter the typical Alentejo landscape, with deep golden plains, disrupted by cork oaks, olive trees and vineyards which present us with some of the greatest treasures that make the Alentejo world famous: – cork, olive oil and wine.
Arriving in Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whose roots date back the Romans times, we began the visit of the historic centre, in the typical Praça do Giraldo, where all the narrow streets and white houses end up.
Cathedral of Évora:, the best view to the city’s history
Slowly, because in the Alentejo time takes on another dimension, we continue towards the Cathedral, the greatest expression of the vast religious patrimony of the city. Along the way we can appreciate the traditional commerce with the best handcrafts of the region.
We enter the biggest medieval cathedral in the country to enjoy all its splendour and magnificent cloister. Inevitably, we finish by climbing to the terrace of the “Sé” to enjoy the best view of the city and register it in the most beautiful photos
Right next to it, there is the Roman Temple of Évora, right in the middle of the medieval centre. Popularly known as Temple of Diana, it was built in honour of the Emperor Augustus.
The columns are a testimony of the original plant that survived the centuries in excellent state of conservation, despite its distinct use as a castle fort or even as a slaughterhouse.
Bones Chapel – We, the bones that rest in here, for yours we wait
After lunch and after tasting the delicious gastronomy of Alentejo, we continue to the Church of São Francisco, where we find one of the most sui-generis monuments of Évora: the Bones Chapel.
Built in the seventeenth century by three Franciscan friars with the aim of showing the transience and fragility of earthly life, it has about 5,000 skulls and human bones that cover the walls and pillars of the Chapel, in a singular, if somewhat macabre, expression of Baroque.