Touring Evora, Portugal, June 30, 2016

Today we continued our walk around Evora seeing the sights until we took the train back to Lisbon!  Below are pictures of the medieval walls around the city. Then we arrived at Aqueduto da Agua da Prata (Silver Water Aqueduct).  Amazing work! Above and below are Moura’s Gate which was the original entrance to Evora.  The globular 16th-century Renaissance fountain is in the center of the square with Roman towers in the background.

Above and below is Igreja da Graca, an old church and convent, currently in use by the Portuguese Armed Forces.  Construction ended in 1511 and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Next stop:  Lisbon and back to the boat!!  Enjoyed this unique visit!!

Chapel of Bones and Evora, Portugal, June 29, 2016

Today we rode the train to Evora!  Lots of recommendations for THE place to see a “Chapel of Bones”, so we went and toured the city!  Evora, inhabited since the Neolithic period, has numerous archaeological monuments from ancient peoples, Arabs and then the Romans.  It was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986. Below are the beautiful panoramic views from the top of the Cathedral!    Then we visited the Roman Temple of Diana in the center of historic Evora.  The initial temple was built around 1st century AD in honor of Augustus. We stopped for a refreshing lunch with lots of sangria!  Of course, it was delicious in the hot weather!  Afterwards we resumed our tour of the city looking for the “Chapel of Bones”  Medieval walls dating from 14th to 17th centuries with a beautiful park following its length. Then another church!    

The Capela dos Ossos, “Chapel of Bones”, was built in the 16th century by a Franciscan monk, for contemplation about life being transitory.  The Chapel is 18 by 11 meters and contains about 5000 skeletons.  Then we visited their artistry and Nativity set museum. At the end of this long day, it was definitely time for a glass of wine!