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Batalha Monastery, Batalha

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Thanks to its combination of elements from both Gothic and Manueline architectural styles, Batalha Monastery earned the status of World Heritage Site in 1983. Erected in honor of a 14th century battle between the kingdoms of Portugal and Castile, the limestone building features highly decorated pinnacles, flying buttresses, and balustrades. But, like all Dominican churches, it has no bell tower. Once inside, look at the stained-glass windows and the ornate tombs of King John I and his wife, Philippa of Lancaster. Stop by the southern wall of the abbey's main chapel to see the tomb of Henry the Navigator, a major figure of 15th century politics and the father of the so-called Age of Discoveries. Add Batalha Monastery and other attractions to your Batalha trip itinerary using our Batalha vacation route planner.
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  • Unesco protected monastery monument. Beautiful new gothic style and huge size, surrounded by nice open square. Main cathedral entrance impressive by extremely tall pillars and detailed architecture. M...  more »
  • Wonderful experience, great information would go again if in the area. Food was ok shops were nice and friendly. Plenty of cork products  more »
  • Batalha Monastery stands apart in its own grandeur. Saw pictures before, but standing in front of it is really remarkable. Go around as it is truly magnificent. Look up at the ornament above the main ...  more »
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  • Magnificent building of vast proportions set in a clean and spacious area. The town centre is modern and bright with plentiful gardens and open spaces abundant with trees and flowers. A recommended stop.
  • Very impressive place, it took hundred years to build. Lovely not finished chapel.
  • Building was impressive on the outside. Interior was less so. Not much english in the descriptions. I found 3 of the employees very rude and unnecessarily harsh to me and others. Actually the only rude Portuguese people I encountered in 3 weeks were all working at this Monastery.
  • Beautiful. Definitely worth buying the ticket for the whole tour.
  • Beautiful gothic monastery, the same époque of Notre Dame in Ile de France. The door is amazingly beautiful.

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