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Évora: Christian Heritage Private Walking Tour

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Explore Évora's Christian legacy—each church a chapter in its spiritual tale. From echoes of Christian Romans to Jesuit presence, our tour unveils layers of faith. Traverse Holy Ghost Church, St. Francis Church, the Chapel of Bones, and more, discovering profound Christian heritage and glimpses of the St. James Path. Join us in this living testament to Évora's deeply rooted Christian past.

09:30 AM

Meeting Point

At Holy Ghost Church (Largo do Colégio 1, 7000-645 Évora) or at any other location within the city walls

10:00 AM

University of Évora

Established as a Jesuit university in 1559, this institution boasts a rich tapestry of knowledge woven over centuries. As your guide, I bring a personal touch, having studied here and acquired an intimate understanding of every nook and cranny. Marvel at the timeless beauty of the 18th-century blue and white glazed tiles that adorn the classrooms, adding a touch of elegance to the academic ambiance.

10:10 AM

3rd Century Roman Wall

Most of this tour will be within the ancient Roman walls dating back to the 3rd century.

10:30 AM

Roman Temple

Explore the iconic Roman Temple of Évora, the city's pride and joy, serving as a captivating calling card to its rich history. This Corinthian-style marvel, constructed in the early 1st century A.D., stands as the epitome of Évora's historical significance.

10:40 AM

Inquisition Palace

Transformed into the Tribunal of the Holy Office from 1655 to 1821, this structure preserves the Tribunal Room, anchored by the Holy Office Coat of Arms, and the Inquisitor's chamber adorned with polychromatic 18th-century paintings. Today, it serves as the Center for Art and Culture of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation, dedicated to contemporary culture and art.

10:50 AM

Cathedral of Évora

Fortified in Gothic design, the Évora Cathedral stands as Portugal's largest. Commencing in 1186 and consecrated in 1204, it served as a grand Marian cult temple, reaching completion by 1250. Showcasing the transition from Romanesque to Gothic, with subsequent Renaissance and Baroque additions, it's a monument narrating architectural evolution.

11:00 AM

St. James Church

Originally established in 1302, this building, once a parish and royal collegiate seat, underwent renovations in the 16th and 17th centuries. Elements like the original presbytery and Manueline crenellations remain. Dedicated to Saint James, patron of the Christian Reconquest, it holds historical significance as he is believed to have journeyed to Spain to spread the Gospel, becoming the first Apostle martyred in Portugal.

11:20 AM

Church of the Savior of the World

Founded in the early 17th century, the Church of the Savior is an exemplary Baroque creation. A harmonious work of art, the church seamlessly integrates architecture, sculpture, painting, azulejo tiles, and goldsmithing to craft unique spaces that elevate Christian spirituality.

11:30 AM

Giraldo Square

Named in honor of the audacious Giraldo Giraldes, a fearless figure who, according to local lore, single-handedly conquered the city using charm as one of his tools. As the heart of the city, Giraldo Square boasts eight enchanting streets that converge, symbolizing the idea that all paths lead to this central hub. Immerse yourself in the rich tales of Giraldo's conquest and the city's evolution, discovering this and other secrets and legends that only the tour can unveil.

11:40 AM

St. Anton's Church

St. Anton's Church, commissioned by Henry, Archbishop of Évora. The Roman Triumphal Arch made way for its 1557 construction, showcasing late Renaissance hall church features in a unique, spacious interior, making it a visitors favorite.

11:50 AM

Church of the Martyrs of Évora

The Church of the Martyrs of Évora, stands as a religious monument linked to the city's ancient patron saints. Traditionally believed to have died as martyrs around 303, this heritage of Évora has transformed into a venue for temporary exhibitions, diverging from its religious role. Imagining its past as a place of worship and seeing it now as a cultural space adds to the compelling reasons to visit this church.

12:00 PM

Our Lady of Grace Church

The Church of Our Lady of Grace, serves as Évora's inaugural Renaissance architectural landmark. Commencing in 1524, the construction of the Convent of Our Lady of Grace marked the city's first venture into Renaissance design. Crafted from local granite, the Church of Our Lady of Grace embodies the essence of this historical era.

12:10 PM

St. Francis Church

The Church of Saint Franciso in Évora is believed to be the initial residence of the Franciscan Order in Portugal, established in the 12th century. Undoubtedly one of Portugal's most beautiful and grand churches, and certainly in Évora, the Church of São Francisco boasts Gothic-Manueline architecture. Significantly renovated by Portuguese monarchs between 1480 and 1510, it stands as a testament to architectural splendor.

12:30 PM

Bones Chapel

Explore the 17th-century chapel adorned with approximately 5,000 skulls sourced from various cemeteries across the city. A tad creepy yet undeniably captivating, this unique attraction stands as one of the city's highlights, offering visitors a rare glimpse into the macabre beauty that emerged from the cultural and religious practices of the past.

Ending Point

Bones Chapel

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- Guide fee

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What‘s not included

- Entrance Fees:

University of Évora - 3 euros per person

Bones Chapel - 6 euros per person

Holy Ghost Church - 2,5 euros per person

Cathedral of Évora - 4,5 euros per person

- Gratuites

Tour Important Information

This tour involves a lot of walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.

This Tour is only available from February 1st onwards

Not Available on Sundays

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