Last week I was quite surprised in a positive way with the post on Évora Public Library’s blog announcing the reopening of the manuscript and incunabula (aka “Reservados”) room.
With the news I found this beautiful 16th-century portic that I didn’t know existed. Actually it’s not a new room, but an adaptation for this new purpose. However, it is indeed a great visual and confortable improvement from the former room, very 1940’s-like, that hadn’t change since I came to the University of Évora in 2006.
This was the old barn of the Archbishop of Évora which was converted to house the College of the Cathedral’s choirboys (Colégio dos Moços do Coro) after this institution was founded by Cardinal D. Henrique in 1552.
We may assume that composers like Manuel Cardoso, Duarte Lobo, Filipe de Magalhães, Estêvão de Brito, Estêvão Lopes Morago, Manuel Rebelo walked these steps in early age to learn the trades of the musical art.