Cathedral Sé Evora Reviews
Nice roof with a great view Sep 11, 2010
The Cathedral Sé is a medieval cathedral with two different towers and it was built around 1283. In 1536 the start of the Inquisition was announced to the people of Évora in this very church.
Henrique, who would become the archbishop of Évora, got the permission to do ‘whatever necessary’ to exterminate heresy. Since Luther and Calvijn had barely any influence on the Iberian peninsula, the Portuguese Inquisition decided to focus on ‘Cristões Novos’, Jews who had been forced to convert to Christianity in 1496 and 1497. Many of these converted Jews were rich merchants who played an essential role in the Portuguese trade empire. The Inquisition threw a dark cloud over the country and its wealthy economy.
The Cathedral Sé is, despite its horrid role in history, a true beauty. The main portal contains statues of the apostles that date back to the 1330’s. The chapel is in a Baroque style, while the cloisters are decidedly Gothic. The best part of it is the roof though. You can take the narrow medieval stairs up to one of the towers and admire the view over town. The view at the old Roman temple is great, but the roof itself is also quite a treat.
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