Batalha Monastery, Batalha

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 trip planner.
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  • If you go to óbidos and alcobaça a resurfacing to battle for close goes well. Monastery and pretty much worth the visit
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  • All the exterior Majesty is lost when you walk inside. Although the cloister is nice. Gothic and Manueline style. If there were guided tours believe that it would gain much ta that history has.
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  • Stained-glass Windows, casting colored shadows carved walls and main entrance, especially liked the unfinished Chapel. Be sure to visit if there is time!
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  • Great monument, pity the surroundings The Batalha Monastery is a great monument with a lot of historical and architectural value. Outside you have a lot of space and as a kid I used to spend Saturday/Sunday afternoons there rollerskating and playing with my friends. As an adult I learned that the monastery doesn't look as great as it used to be because there's nothing around it (old houses and trees) that will give you a proper sense of proportion. I don't rate it 5 starts just because I believe the surroundings could be improved but it's definitely worth a good visit.
  • fabulous. very beautiful. monumental. it rises majestically in the middle of a village. the unfinished chapel is a jewel
  • Beautiful, historic, breathtaking ... unfortunately, there are no readily available information for tourists other than the marker infos. They should capitaliza on the fact thayt this is a UNESCO world heritage site.
  • 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.
  • Great building. Great Gotic Archtecture.

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