Cathedral of Elvas, Portugal – a Photo Essay

A cathedral with beautiful interiors but very modest exteriors. This religious monument was built in 1517 on the ruins of an old parish church of St. Maria. The construction was completed in 1537 and got elevated to status of Cathedral of Elvas in 1570. It measures 525feet, east to west. The cathedral was empty when we entered, it was totally silent. The first and foremost which made an impression was a white dove in the ceiling.

I just kept taking pictures as I walked around and here is a photo tour from my visit. Not much info is there on this cathedral in the net, hopefully the pics will make up for the lack of info.

Entry is Free.
Open everyday.
Summer: 1000hrs to 1300hrs, 15.00 to 1800hrs.
Winter: 9.30hrs to 12.30hrs, 1400hrs to 1700hrs.

The dove in the ceiling symbolizing peace and happiness.




The main altar



The ceiling


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39 Responses

  1. Emmanuel says:


    I'm so many times in Portugal and never visited this church.

  2. Sylvia K says:

    Amazing and beautiful!! Great captures as always, Indrani!! And, thanks as always for sharing!! Hope you have a great new week!!

  3. Beautiful Cathedral … The inside would be quite a surprise since it looks rather plain and not that huge from outside! Neat … Like finding a hidden treasure.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Beautiful details and nice captures.

  5. that's a lovely cathedral…

  6. Awesome pictures 🙂

  7. Beautiful interiors.

  8. Seems quite an aesthetic and artistic place with gorgeous interiors. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  9. Sri Kri says:

    What a lovely view of interiors.Thanks a lot for sharing.:)

    Sriram & Krithiga

  10. Great pictures Indrani. 🙂

  11. motidana says:

    Such a beautiful Cathedral! The serenity and calm surrounding it are truly envious, and you`ve captured this so well in your photos! Loved the gorgeous interior

  12. Moon says:

    Gorgeous pictures…very beautiful post Indrani.

  13. Ruchi negi says:

    Nice pics with amazing symmetry..:-)

  14. magiceye says:

    So pretty and beautiful!!

  15. Najm Nisa says:

    Portugal is certainly beautiful ! Love the scenic pics!

  16. Wonderfully done photo essay! Great captures:)

  17. Lovely narrative through the photos 🙂

  18. Mridula says:

    Very beautiful interiors!

  19. Gattina says:

    Very beautiful cathedral !

  20. Another church, cathedral, nice.

  21. Jeevan says:

    Beautiful interior and the arched designs simple but looks elegant! But the exterior of the cathedral gives a look of under construction… but liked both the ways.

    Nice presentation

  22. I just love the Cathedral works, amazing post. Thank you for sharing Indrani :):)

  23. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, what a beautiful cathedral. I love both the outside and the lovely inside. Wonderful series of photos, thanks for sharing your visit. Have a happy week!

  24. Awesome pictures. That white cathedral looks surreal.

  25. Nice shots Indrani. The Goan churches look exactly similar…Portuguese architecture influence

  26. Hema says:

    What a beautiful cathedral! Old bell towers have a special place in my heart 🙂 Makes me think of the hunchback of Notre Dame!

  27. 1570… looks like it was built before I was born. It looks great nevertheless!

  28. Wow! This is a beautiful cathedral. Great pictures 🙂

  29. Looks divine. Old monuments have so much history steeped in their walls. Hence many stories.

  30. Interior is indeed mesmerizing. Great captures, Indrani. 🙂

  31. Wonderfully done photo essay! Great captures Indrani Ji .

  32. Stone cathedral witness to so much history. Beautifully taken.

  33. D.Nambiar says:

    Grand cathedral. And nice pictures, Indrani.

  34. Wonderful architecture.

  35. ladyfi says:

    What a beautiful church!

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