Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

Ruins are the survivors, the evidence that time has passed. We’ll only be here for a while to see them, time doesn’t have mercy with us…

Evora, Portugal

Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

Until then,

xamlinnette 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone But Not Forgotten

 

So many things were left behind on this earth by many other people, civilizations, communities and more from the past. They are gone, but never forgotten. They are our history, our past. They are part of who we are now. They left temples, ruins, monuments, arts, knowledge and more, that guide us through life about what they learned and discovered , so we can continue the journey of life on this earth not completely “clueless”.

 

These Roman ruins are in Évora, Portugal. Is the Temple of Diana, that dates back to the 2nd century AD when Évora was an important Roman military outpost in Portugal.

 

This pictures were taken on October of last year when we visited Portugal for the first time.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Until then,

xamlinnette 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evora, Another View Of Portugal: Part 2

With our tummies full, we kept going against the time, running our eyes between the maps and the cellphone to keep track of the time. We walked through narrow streets, with small shops to the right and left of the road. Every small shop had merchandise overflowing to the sidewalks, and vendors were trying to meet your eyes to get your attention, so they could sell you a souvenir or two.

Suddenly out of nowhere my eyes met with something that seems not to be part of that region. Even though I knew we were going to see this landmark in Évora, it was more impressive seeing it in front of me, it looked bigger and for a moment I felt that we were in other country… maybe Rome or Greece… But no, we were in the right place Évora! This was The Roman Temple of Évora! Also referred to as the Templo de Dianna ( the ancient Roman goddess of the moon, the hunt and chastity). Don’t take my word for it, see for yourself how huge is this ruin. By the way that day was a beautiful day to be outside, the clouds adorn the sky so nicely. It looked like freshly paint white clouds over a soft but intense blue. See the pictures below.

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Next we encounter the famous Évora´s Cathedral. Impressive in the inside, with abundant of monuments, Saints, astonish chandeliers, elegant gold altar and all kinds of detail christian art on the walls and more. Then we went up the stairs to the rooftop, at that point we were so tired of walking and going up the stairs, to be honest, we were tired also of seen so much religious monuments… we were overwhelmed with the exuberant amount of religious decor, so at the rooftop we took a break. That gave us the opportunity to enjoy the incredible view. That included lots of orange brick rooftops and  an old aqueduct that is another of Evora’s landmark that we only were able to see from the distance. Once again picture time! Featuring a picturesque sky and a cathedral that looks like a castle. Then once again we went down stairs to an inside garden.

There were many other landmarks and attractions that the time didn’t allow us to see. We walk back to the train station, there we sat for few minutes while enjoying some snacks, thinking all the walking that we still have ahead of us once we get back to Lisbon to the Entrecampos train station. From the Entrecampos station to our hotel was 30 more minutes… Oh well sure a day full of exercise, then the train arrived and we left.

Until then…

xamlinnette 🙂

Évora Another view of Portugal: Part 1

After traveling one hour and 45 minutes in train we got to the train station of Évora. We walk out, look everywhere and once again we didn’t know where to go. Even though I did my research apparently wasn’t enough. First I try to find out which method it was better to get to Évora from Lisbon and after reading differents forums and opinions, we decide to take the train, but in any of my readings said anything of walking 30 minutes to the city walls or that we supposed to take a taxi or something like that. The train station its outside of the city walls of Évora, with the simple offline map that I had on my phone, we try to make our way to the city which took us about 30 minutes walking. Finding our way around the city was harder for us than when we went to Sintra. It was important for us to know exactly the walking time because there was only one train to go back to Lisbon, we already had the tickets and we wanted to be sure we were not going to missed the train.

After wandering around through the street of Évora for 30 minutes and trying to understand the puzzle of our simple map we encounter our first attraction “Igreja de São Francisco”. What make this church so… interesting is the small chapel that is by it…”Capela dos Ossos”. Check this out and you will understand why…

Well I think I made my point. This small chapel has more than 5,000 humans bones!

 

Then, after enjoying the holy creepiness we had an outdoor lovely lunch to gain some strength and continue our exploring day.

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Check out the part 2, I will share the rest of our day in Evora.  Until then…

xamlinnette 🙂