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Sao Joao Evangelista Church

Rua Augusto Filipe Simoes, Evora 7000-845, Portugal
+351 266 704 714
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It's a church you must see when visiting Evora. Great azulejos inside. You must see with your eyes... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Bernatchez
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Montréal
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Beautiful church

This is one of the best examples of Portuguese blue tiles covering the walls of a church. The... read more

Reviewed 10 March 2017
Mines_10
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Algarve, Portugal
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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.
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Rua Augusto Filipe Simoes, Evora 7000-845, Portugal
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Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

It's a church you must see when visiting Evora. Great azulejos inside. You must see with your eyes and not with your camera. Small but beautiful.

Thank Bernatchez
Reviewed 10 March 2017

This is one of the best examples of Portuguese blue tiles covering the walls of a church. The church is well kept and is worth a visit. It costs € 7 per person, but includes a visit to the adjoining Palace of the Dukes of...More

Thank Mines_10
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Unlike most other places we had visited in Spain and Portugal, there were no reduced rates for seniors. "It is private," is what we were told. The interior really is different from most of the other churches we visited. Almost every vertical surface is covered...More

Thank solomon5
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Not cheap at 7 euro a ticket for combined visit with palace. But the stunning blue tiles in the church make it worthwhile.

Thank sdmmb
Reviewed 13 October 2016

This church has very a very unique interior. The sides are all decorated in the beautiful blue and white handmade painted Portugese tiles from 1711. The church itself is from 1485. Everything seems beautifully and lovingly maintained, both inside and out. This church has a...More

Thank AdventurousRetirees
Reviewed 8 July 2016

I adored this church - I was fascinated by the all gorgeous blue tiles and walked around enjoying their beauty while taking pictures........ Then, I discovered trap doors in the floor.. that contained human skulls and bones.. woah! This is a beautiful place that you...More

Thank JennaFuh
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

It seems the Dukes weren't making enough from visitors to their palace next door so they did away with the separate tickets for the church and the palace and now offer only a combined ticket for both church and palace at a whopping 7 euros...More

Thank Christine S
Charles d, Propriétaire at Sao Joao Evangelista Church, responded to this reviewResponded 10 November 2016

I think you are misinformed... We are unfortunately and definitely not rich ! Otherwise we would close the Palace and keep it for us only... This Palace and church are private property since the 14th century and today the only way to maintain them is...More

Reviewed 5 June 2016

The woodwork is beautiful, but the tile azulejos work is just amazing. Simple, yet elegant and wonderfully ordained. Your 6 euro ticket also gets you into the museum which is also very interesting.

Thank Flojohn
Reviewed 29 May 2016

A lovely church that was well worth our time. Has a interesting historical background and picture taking was allowed. Our friends returned to climb to the tower and really enjoyed the views that could be seen from above.

Thank dhen
Reviewed 28 October 2015

Amazing, historic, interesting, a must see of so many educational and well preserved buildings in Evora

Thank JednSasha
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