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Évora ... in my eyes! [Évora, Portugal]

"Sketches of a historical city" is the subtitle of an exhibition that is based on a very original idea by PhD student Sajid-Bin-Doza, who is doing live sketches to show people how he sees Évora, the capital of the Alentejo Province (Portugal) whose historic centre is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1986.

For Sajid-Bin-Doza, the city is like a human body, a living heritage of structures and arteries, of people's memories, detained in its fortified walls and expanding beyond them. It is this sense of bodyness that Sajid wants to share with the city's inhabitants, at the same time that he wants to make people aware of the city´s exceptional heritage and the need for its protection.

Born in the Rajshahi Division, in northwestern Bangladesh, he was since his early childhood attracted to both nature and the built heritage of his country, embodied in its palaces, mosques, and temples. With an eye for detail, he started to sketch them on paper and developed the wish to become an architect, a goal he did accomplish in 2008, with his Master of Architecture degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). A present he is persuing his Art History PhD at the University of Évora.

The idea of sketching the living heritage caught the interest of the municipality of Évora, which is now planning a bigger public event on the city's central square. Until then, an exhibition of Sajid's sketches will be on display at the Town Hall, from May 7-31, 2014 ( Poster ).

Several of Sajid-Bin-Doza's sketches can be visualized in this gallery . They include well-known sights of Évora, both a rememberance of things past and a fresh look at its present.

The exhibition inauguration took place on May 7, 2014.