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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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  • The monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória-the battle, as known-is a construction started in the 14th century, in appreciation of King Dom João I to the Virgin Mary, for the victory at the battle of Albujarrota, the grandeur of this historical monument is really worthy of Kings (seven through completion). The impressive structure makes you think the genius of architects and craftsmen who participated in its construction, a masterpiece of Gothic art and technique. The arches of the nave are not rival. The carvings, sculptures and ornaments are a rare beauty and perfection. The monastery deserves at least an entire afternoon of admiration. The Imperfect Chapels (in fact, unfinished) are a chapter. The tombs of the Kings also impress. A beautiful tribute to the unknown soldier is also there. Not to be missed!
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  • This Dominican monastery was built over two centuries until about 1563. Is considered a world heritage site by UNESCO, and was elected as one of the seven wonders of Portugal. Is an example of Gothic architecture, or Manueline style.
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  • Visit of historical features, view in more that one day will be ideal since there is a lot of information but scattered in different location.
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  • In front of this impressive piece of architecture is also the statue of Portugals Hero Don Nuno Alvarez Pereira.
  • The Monastery of Batalha, is a Dominican convent in the civil parish of Batalha, in the Center Region region of Portugal. It was erected in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota. It is one of the best and original examples of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal, intermingled with the Manueline style. It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site
  • the monastery speaks for itself...the intricate, magnificent and breathtaking combination of historic influences of architecture and designs...a great way indeed to comemmorate the battle that was won... a must see when you are in Portugal
  • If you love History and castles Portugal has plenty
  • Beautiful monument, I strongly recommend everyone to visit it.