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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  • part of triangle of few monasteries in this region. while the interior is relatively empty - it is the size and the dedication of many kings and generations to bring this masterpiece into "final... 
    part of triangle of few monasteries in this region. while the interior is relatively empty - it is the size and the dedication of many kings and generations to bring this masterpiece into "final...  more »
  • The story of this UNESCO World Heritage site started in 1386, when King John I commissioned the building of the monastery to thank the Virgin Mary for her intercession in an important battle. Over... 
    The story of this UNESCO World Heritage site started in 1386, when King John I commissioned the building of the monastery to thank the Virgin Mary for her intercession in an important battle. Over...  more »
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  • Fell in love with the town. People were friendly and helpful. All tried their best to accommodate us and our lack of Portuguese language skills. Beautiful monastery and the town is very clean. Streets are wider than in many other areas of Portugal. We will return many times to visit and explore further.
  • The outside of the Monastery, with its pinnacles and windows carved in the late Gothic style, and the Claustro Real, are extraordinary. The interior of the Monastery instead its bare, without too many frills and decorations, as a place of prayer should be. Overall a nice point of interest to visit if you're passing by.

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