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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 trip planner.
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  • We didn’t know about this until our tour guide took us here to a lunch place. We’re glad to have a chance to take some pictures and entered the main church. We didn’t have enough time to see the rest....  more
    We didn’t know about this until our tour guide took us here to a lunch place. We’re glad to have a chance to take some pictures and entered the main church. We didn’t have enough time to see the rest....  more »
  • This Gothic monastery is known as one of the most magnificent buildings in Portugal; it was high on our list, that's for sure. Don't miss it, especially if you like history, architecture, stained... 
    This Gothic monastery is known as one of the most magnificent buildings in Portugal; it was high on our list, that's for sure. Don't miss it, especially if you like history, architecture, stained...  more »
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  • A phenomenal experience walking the grounds of this monastery. Everything is super well preserved and organized for tourist visits. The details and ornaments that you see take your breath away. There are people to guide you through. Renovations are underway in some areas but overall a grand feeling of times past. I won't walk you through history but would highly recommend to get a guide and immerse in the story. Very well spent afternoon!
  • Just simply amazing. Go here, it is a testament to human endeavors. As beautiful as all the pictures you will see of this place, none of them come close to the magnificence of this place. It is hard to imagine the sheer artistry and detail carved and formed into every corner, archway, vestibule and entry. The ceiling stretches for miles as if pulling you into the heavens with it. Be sure to pay the few euro ticket price and walk the entire Monastery. Near the garden inside you will come across military guards protecting the tomb of the unknown soldier, you will also see them marching. Please pay your respects.

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