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Enchanting Evora and Seville

Monday, March 25, 2019

We traveled to the historical city of Evora in Portugal, which is a UNESCO historic site. The Roman ruins are dramatic.

Our Guide took us into the municipal building, where Roman ruins were discovered during remodeling. The view below is of the excavated ruins inside the office building, off the lobby.

We walked through the old Jewish quarter. The Jewish community was destroyed during 15th century inquisition; a head inquisitor was based in Evora. Jews were forced to convert to Christianity or leave. They were treated very cruelly.

We enjoyed the cathedral.

The ossuary chapel made of bones was both creepy and beautiful. The inscription read: We, the bones here, are awaiting yours. Our guide explained that death was not hidden away, but was an accepted part of daily life.

After Evora, our tour bus took us to Seville. I loved the flamenco show, but Linda thought it was too dreary because none of the performers smiled or laughed. It was a fiery and passionate performance. The guitarists, singers and dancers were excellent.

In the morning, we toured Seville Spain. We walked around the charming Plaza de España, which celebrated Spain and its former American colonies in 1929. Each province and former colony had a unique tiled alcove.

And the grounds of the plaza were lovely.

We had a walking tour of the narrow winding streets of the old Jewish quarter.

And we ended our Seville tour at the impressive HUGE cathedral of St. Mary of the See. It was filled with art and history. It is still an active church, but it is open for tourists when no services are held. It was built on the site of a former mosque after the Moors were defeated.

Christopher Columbus and his son Diego are buried here. A dispute about whether the bones actually belong to Columbus was resolved by DNA analysis. A photo of his tomb is below.

Leaving the cathedral.

We really enjoyed both Evora and Seville.

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