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Monastery of Alcobaca, Alcobaca

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The first Gothic building and the largest Gothic religious structure in Portugal, Monastery of Alcobaca presents royal rooms, tombs, a blue-tiled kitchen, and colossally high interior spaces. Formed in the 12th century and developed until the 18th century, the monastery was home to generations of monks and is the final resting place to many kings and queens, including Afonso II and Urraca of Castile, Afonso III and Beatrice of Castile, and King Pedro I and his mistress. See the insides of the monastery--rising over 20 m (65 ft)--and visit the 18th-century kitchen, which reveals the Cistercian monks' astonishing mastery of hydraulic engineering. You can take a guided tour at the site. Put Monastery of Alcobaca on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Alcobaca trip builder.
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  • The main event of this Monastery and kind of the only reason for visiting Alcobaca are the beautiful Medieval tombs of star-crossed lovers Ines de Castro and King Pedro. The stone work is stunning. Th...  more »
  • Being a lapsed Catholic, going to attractions that remind me of the obscene wealth of that organisation stick in my craw. But there is no denying the architectural merits of this group of buildings. T...  more »
  • Monastery of Alcobaca is a romantic one. Beautiful external facade, impressive internal colums and walls illuminated by rows of windows and the royals tombs with the romantic story (check the story of...  more »
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  • Very nice, but not as spectacular as Batalha Monastery.
  • The monastery is stunning, could use a little tender loving care, and well worth the modest entry fee - much of it is free to visit, but the inner areas are €6 entry. The town is charming, the hydro electric station museum in the Jardin d'Amor(sp) well worth a visit at the confluence of the two rivers, great restaurants and cafes and good mooching!
  • The most beautiful place that I've been in Portugal. There you can find a stunning architecture, a wonderful church (so different that you usually see in Portugal) and one of the most detailed "main hall". It's a place to go in Portugal. Don't miss it.
  • Needs Maintenance. It will be converted into an hotel :( Precisa de obras. Vai ser convertido em hotel :(
  • I really love it's Kings hall and its kitchen.

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