"The University of Évora was the second university founded in Portugal, as the need for another university to serve the south of the country became perceptible after the establishment of the University of Coimbra in 1537,”
"The building of the College of Espírito Santo is based on a square plan that involves a magnificent cloister, also known as Patio dos Gerais, featuring a fountain in the centre.
The cloister of the University of Évora presents itself with galleries of colonnades and rising from its centre the beautiful facade of the old chapel of the Colégio do Espirito Santo marked by the enormous 18th century marble portico. At the top, a dove, symbol of the Holy Spirit and also of the university.
The eighteenth century baroque style Hall of Acts in Colégio do Espirito Santo is one of the most imposing spaces in the entire building. It is decorated with 17th century tiles and stuccoes in green, blue and pink tones. On the top of the Hall of Acts stand the oil portraits of King Sebastião and Cardinal King Henrique.
On the west front, one can see a beautiful Renaissance portal, originally from a chapel in São Domingos´ Convent Church, consisting of a rectangular frame, inside which a round-arched span can be seen.”
Source: University of Évora
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