Cathedral of Evora, Portugal


This grand Cathedral of Evora was built in 1186 on the site of the main mosque existing there. That mosque was built on an existing Roman church… new ruler new place of worship! Cathedral of Evora is located at the highest point of old town of Evora, the oldest and the most important monument there. The completion of this monument took 18 years. The most popular legend about this cathedral is that fleet of Vasco da Gama had their flags blessed here in 1497 before his famous expedition to India!

Apostles sculpted on frame of door.

Apostles Evora cathedral

Cathedral of Evora.

Evora Cathedral

Must See inside Cathedral of Evora


The main portal of Évora Cathedral is a beautiful example of Portugal’s Gothic sculpture tradition. The attractive marble columns are sculpted with enormous statues of the Apostles. The expressions chiseled out on the faces of Apostles stunned me. These creations date back to mid-fourteenth century and History mentions these were possibly sculpted by renowned sculptors of the time, Mestre Pero and Telo Garcia.

The exterior facade is plain but the huge interiors, goes high, and is very well decorated. The main altar is made of pink, white and black marble; it is a new addition, built in 18thcentury. Except the muscular Jesus which is made of wood, rest of the decoration is with marble. The 16th century pipe organ that you can see in the right of the pic is fully functional.

Interiors of marble.

Evora Cathedral Interiors

Observe carefully to see the muscular Jesus made in wood.

Muscular Jesus
One very unique statue here is that of pregnant Virgin Mary. This is one of its kinds in whole of Portugal. The sculpture was made in 15th century. For the first time I saw Mother Mary depicted with swollen stomach. This cathedral is now a pilgrimage site for young women from the local area who come here to pray for their fertility. Family members of pregnant women come here to pray for an easy labor and childbirth. The Gothic cloister leads to an open terrace; one can get lovely views out over the surrounding Alentejo countryside.

Evora Cathedral Ceiling

Ceiling Evora cathedral

Pregnant Mother Mary

Pregnant Mother Mary


9:00-12:00h and 14:00-17:00h Tuesday to Sunday, but closed on Monday, when only the main chapel is open.


The entrance fee to the cathedral is €1.50, and the highly recommended ticket to the cloisters and roof is €2.50.

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46 Responses

  1. Dina says:

    Shalom Indrani. Thanks for sharing all the marvels of the world that you discover.
    Your new blog format is very nice.
    Happy travels!

  2. I like the clean look of your new blog. And the photos you chose to begin it with are wonderful!

  3. No matter the religion, it’s just very fascinating to view the religious art.

    • Indrani Ghose says:

      You are so right Photo Cache, each has its own significance and that is what interests me the most.
      Thank you!

  4. magiceye says:

    Lovely captures of a beautiful cathedral

  5. ladyfi says:

    A gorgeous cathedral!

  6. The Cathedral of Evora is magnificent, wonderful photos!

  7. Gunilla says:

    Gorgeous details in this amazing cathedral!

  8. That looks so interesting…Cathedrals are beautiful by themselves and your clicks are making this one look prettier! Hi there Indrani 🙂

  9. Gattina says:

    Beautiful cathedral !

  10. Magnificent photography of an amazing cathedral!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

  11. Al says:

    That’s a wonderful cathedral, and excellent shots. I love seeing churches and cathedrals.

  12. wow… nice… love the Apostles pic, In 🙂

  13. Arun says:

    Grand cathedral. Pregnant Mother Mary is something different.

  14. Beautiful Cathedral! Its so fascinating to see different forms of architecture and design…

  15. Congrats on the domain once again! 🙂 Beautiful place & equally beautiful pictures!

  16. Sri Kri says:

    Wow.Beautiful Cathedral.Lovely shots.As you mentioned pregnant Mother Mary is something unique.Thanks for sharing:)

    Sriram & Krithiga

  17. Arun says:

    Lovely pictures …!

  18. MP UPPAL says:

    wonderful pictures of the cathedral and its glory!

  19. Parul says:

    Spectacular! Loved the post – pictures and the information

  20. Zainab says:

    A very well written post. The pictures are just amazing. Thankyou 🙂

  21. Wow Vasco Da Gama’s prayed there ! His prayers were answered. I hope you asked for something grand Indrani. 🙂

  22. Hema says:

    Great pictures! I’ve always been fascinated by these sculptural cathedrals!

  23. Ashwini says:

    18 years? Wow. Just imagining all the work that must have gone through. And I’ve never seen this pic of Mother Mary. Lovely pics. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  24. Beautiful Pictures of Cathedral and a nice Narrative.. Thanks for sharing, Indrani!

  25. A great account of the place. Amazing pictures 🙂

  26. Nice post da…..Really awesome place to visit. Thanks for the share. 🙂 🙂

  27. Linja says:

    Spectacular pictures! Thanks for sharing.

  28. Ami says:

    Lovely pictures. So tempted to head to Spain and Portugal after seeing your posts

  29. Yogi saraswat says:

    Nice and informative historical post . New ruler new place of worship but the venue is same . it repeats in the entire world !! very good looking pictures Indrani ji

  30. Good. You are covering all parts of Europe I couldn’t go to…

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