Quinta Do Martelo
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... horses. The bright colors, sequins, and brocade worn by the men in the ring were dazzling.
And then came the first bull. The breath-taking speed and agility exhibited by the bulls and the horses kept me on the edge of my seat as I tried to smother the gasps and near screams that would involuntarily erupt as the magnificent beasts closed in on each other. The horsemen were supposed to get the bull to charge and then, when close enough, pierce it on ...
... a bull runs through local streets!
Here’s how it works. A
rocket is set off alerting everyone that the bull is being released from his
crate. He emerges with a rope tied around his neck, and immediately sets off
after the first moving target. Behind him two groups of men hold on to the rope
keeping him from going past the white lines drawn at the ends of the streets.
These mark the safety zones for which people flee as soon as the bull comes in
... around Evora has been inhabited for over 15,000 years.
Lucia told us about the 16th century architecture that surrounded the Praca do Giraldo. It is some of the best preserved in the country. The square is named after Giraldo who was the first to scale the walls in the war that defeated the Moors in 1148.
The highlights of our tour included the cathedral. It was started in 1186 and consecrated in 1204. It was finished in 1250. Of course, a cathedral ...
... get to the 16th century Chapel of Bones which contains the bones of 5000 people.
The chapel is a large rectangular room with dim golden mood lighting. The surfaces of all walls are the knobby ends of patella and skulls. Pillars are adorned with laterally stacked thigh bones. Two skeletons suspended creepily. A Franciscan Monk supposedly built this as a meditation chamber and as a reminder of the human ...
... lanes and old buildings but where is the charm?
Google Maps did great leading us through the labyrinth to a narrow back-allies to the front of the tall and modern Best Western Santa Clara hotel. It is a more deluxe hotel than we expected and they have parking on the street a hundred meters away on foot. One-way streets made driving back to the parking spots an ordeal.
We decided to save exploring the Evora for ...
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