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“Breathtaking”

Sao Joao Evangelista Church
Ranked #22 of 145 things to do in Evora
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Duke of Cadaval Palace Church, called Saint John the Evangelist, is considerd to be one of the most beautifull private churches in Portugal. The Saint John the Evangelist Church was founded in 1485. You enter by a Gothic porch of the fifteenth century along with a tombstone-shaped canopy, with the inscription of its foundation and with the coat of arms of its founder, D. Rodrigo de Melo, 1st Earl of Olivenza. The nave has Gothic ribs and is covered with abeautiful and excepcional collection of tiles, by the painter Antonio de Oliveira, dated 1711 and signed by the author. On the floor of the church can see the tombs of the Dukes of Cadaval and their ancestors. At the center of the church you can admire two of the many curiosities of this church, a crypt with the bones of the monks of the convent of Lóios and an Arabic cistern - the church was built on the ruins of an Arab castle, destroyed during the riots in favor of the Master Avis in 1384. The wall of nave has a tribune of the seventeenth century, beautiful example of architecture of this century, built by the 1st Duke of Cadaval, Dom Nuno Alvares Pereira de Melo.The spectacular main altar is in the Mannerist style, transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque. The images represent St. John the Evangelist. The walls are covered with polychrome tiles of the seventeenth century. The Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament has a golden altar of the eighteenth century with a renaissance of the sixteenth century tomb, belonging to Don Francisco de Melo, adviser to John III. The construction of this tomb is attributed to the French architect Nicholas Chanterene. On the other wall of this chapel is the tomb of Manuel de Melo, Governor of Tanger.
Eastham, United Kingdom
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“Breathtaking”
Reviewed June 3, 2012

We've recently tended to shy away from Church and Cathedral visits while on holiday but a visit to this Igreja was highly recommended by our Hotel, and they were right too!
Inside, the church walls are covered with beautiful tiles and under the grates are the bones of monks!
Its well worth a visit.

Visited May 2012
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“Lovely tiled church”
Reviewed May 17, 2012

Lovely tiled historic church still belonging to the family who built it in the 14 th century.

Like many Portuguese monuments, it closes at lunchtime.

Visited April 2012
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“one of the most beautiful churches, ever!”
Reviewed May 13, 2012

this church is so amazing, with beautiful azulejos which cover its walls - it's really very striking! you can also go into the sacristy which has fragments of older azulejos. look under the grates on the ground and you will see the bones of monks - a bit creepy. the church is really stunning and when we went, it was pretty quiet, so good to spend some time there. very serene and peaceful space. must-see in evora!

Visited May 2012
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Very beautiful”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

Beautiful church with a very typical and nice tiles.

Visited April 2012
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Madrid, Spain
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“Sumptuous church”
Reviewed January 4, 2012

We love that the chapels are of various architectural designs and that the interior seems to glow on its own.

Visited December 2011
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