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Address: Rua Augusto Filipe Simoes, Evora 7000-845, Portugal
Phone Number:
+351 266 704 714
10:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Duke of Cadaval Palace Church, called Saint John the Evangelist, is...

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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Beautiful church

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Algarve, Portugal

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Algarve, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Cadaval. In contrast to the church, the palace is in need of some restoration, especially... More 

Thank Mines_10
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 with blue and white tiles which seem to tell a variety of bible stories. It... More 

Thank solomon5
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Lone Tree, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 lovely spiritual feel to it, perhaps because if its simplicity. Take a few minutes to... More 

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 can see in just 15 minutes, but don't pass it by, it's worth a visit.

Thank JennaFuh
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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 than any other sight I've visited so far in Portugal, though I've yet to... More 

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Charles d, Propriétaire at Sao Joao Evangelista Church, responded to this review

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 to open for visits, and get money from it. Expensive? Depends of the visitor, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

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

Thank JednSasha
Albufeira, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Visited Evora with family last week - it was very interesting and this city is one of the oldest in Portugal ! The little Igreja de Sao Joao Evangelista inside the Palacio dos Duques de Cadaval is a private property and is well kept. Worth a visit !

Thank Alisios2015

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