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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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  • Only with the monastery façade crafted, Baroque style. Even the interior is very simple. There's a part that one can visit.
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  • This is one monument that words will not say a bit of it. Is envolved in love and romance from the past and is a must do location when you visit central Portugal. Take a look at the pictures and start...  more »
  • Only the view from the outside is already impressive. But... even more inside. Highlight the kitchen of the monastery from the 18th century, Kings Hall, refectory,... The penalty is the lack of information for the visit, the small flat guide that you can buy for €1 has very few things and falls short. In short, a very well last morning.
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  • 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!
  • I really love it's Kings hall and its kitchen.
  • 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.
  • Impressive monastery complex and beautiful architecture. UNESCO World Heritage.
  • A nossa historia