We leave the coast and drive through the Alentejo region through endless cork tree forests or  better plantations. Blue sky and cork trees, this is the Alentejo. The trees bear a number on the freshly peeled skin, mostly a 7, i. the last time the cork bark was “harvested” in 2017. In Evora, the souvenir shops sell all imaginable and unthinkable cork products.

Evora is the capital of the Alentejo. Outside the old city wall at the huge aqueduct, there is a large parking lot. Praça do Giraldo square is the heart of the city.

Nearby, whitewashed houses surround the Cathedral of Évora, a massive gothic structure whose construction began in the 12th century. We have already visited the building from the inside a few years back, and we do not want to pay entrance fee for a church.

Right next to it we are unfaithful to our purpose because the next church is lined inside with blue tiles – very special.

The most surprising building in Evora is the Roman temple of Diana from the 2.u.3. Century.

And another church: The Igreja de São Francisco costs no money, but the skeleton-decorated bone chapel, a pretty macabre place. Skull and bones adorn the entire interior. There is an inscription somewhere

“Nos ossos que aqui estamos – Pelos vossos esperamos”

freely translated: “Our bones gathered here – are now waiting for yours”

One thought on “Alentejo

  1. Ah well, compromise makes the world go round — and I would have paid to see both the blue tiles and the bone-filled chapel. The cork trees are amazing and that’s a pretty cool town !

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