Sé : Michelin's recommendations
This transitional Gothic style cathedral, built in the late 12 and 13C has Romanesque elements, but was completed under the influence of Gothic lines. Its severe façade in pink granite is flanked by two robust towers, crowned with conical steeples erected in the 16C. The west door is decorated with a depiction of the apostles on corbels, probably created in the late 13C by artists trained in France. The sheer size of the nave, and the elegance of the triforium is surprising. To the left, a Baroque altar provides a home for a 15C pregnant Virgin in multi-coloured stone. Opposite, a gilded wood statue from the 16C, attributed to Olivier de Gand, depicts the Angel Gabriel. A lovely octagonal cupola on squinches covers the crossing of the transept, the wings of which are illuminated by two Gothic roses. In the left wing, a Renaissance portal of a chapel is decorated with a marble sculpted by Nicolas Chanterene. In the right wing is the tomb of humanist Andre de Resende (16C). The oak stalls in the tribune were sculptured in the Renaissance by artists from Anvers, and the big Renaissance organ is thought to be the oldest in Europe. The adjacent museum exhibits sacerdotal ornaments and a large collection of religious silverware. The Gothic cloister retains a heavy allure as well as the round arcaded openings which give it a certain elegance. An adjacent chapel contains the tomb of the founding vicar in addition to statues (14C) of the Angel Gabriel. From the cloister terrace, you have a lovely view over the town.
- Address : L.go Marquês de Marialva P - 7000 Évora7000Évora
- Phone : 266 759 330
Opening hours :
- 9am-12.30pm, 2pm-5pm - closed 1 Jan, 25 Dec
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