Évora de Alcobaça

Évora de Alcobaça

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To see Évora de Alcobaça in detail

Évora de Alcobaça is a village half way from Turquel and Alcobaça.

​With good agricultural resources, it shares the same landscape and style of life with Turquel.

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Évora de Alcobaça – Church

Main church

This Gothic temple, from the 14th century, shows a Manueline door and a bas relief from the 15th century. Inside a the baptismal sink has also Manueline ornaments.

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Évora de Alcobaça – Pillory

“Cruzeiro”

Near the church, a stone with a cross is a religious mark. I don’t know from when and what to sign (there are Latin inscriptions but that’s not my strongest point)

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Évora de Alcobaça – Chapel

Senhor dos Passos chapel

This small chapel, near the main church, has a beautiful Manueline door.

​Till now, I couldn’t find information about its origin.

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Évora de Alcobaça – Capuchos

Capuchos

When I was born, there were in Turquel a maximum of 2 cars (my father bought the 5th). Life was limited to a few quilometres, being Alcobaça the distant metropolis and Lisbon the other world. Popular parties assumed a role almost unique in the standards of living of the populations, some settlements specializing on certain dates, which would invariably be associated with the image of the town. ​Capuchos, in the parish of Évora, is, thus and since ​always, synonymous with St. John, one of the most traditional and popular festivals of the region.

History

​On the other hand, when we investigate any historical detail of any village in the area, we end, without any redress, talking about monks. Curiously, until yesterday, I never needed to associate Capuchos with monks, but … I had to do it.

Featuring a few minutes in Capuchos, I found myself walking the space of the party that I don’t know if it still continues as in the old days, crossing memories and discoveries. I was surprised by the image of the Chapel, recovered and with good look. It forced me to read, and there I was redirected to the inevitable monks.

​The convent or Santa Maria Magdalene, already in ruins, is now partially recovered. Behind the picnic Park, are the remains of the former convent who gave name to the place, founded by Cardinal D. Henrique in 1566, in connection with the monastery. The Liberal revolutions in the 18th century led to the expulsion of the monks and the convent was degrading, first stripped by monks and then assaulted by the people. Among the religious buildings, only the chapel named “Senhor dos Aflitos”, may be seen. It shows a coat over the door, and only a handful of original tiles.

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