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Batalha Monastery, Batalha

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
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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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  • This is a running monastery to visit. Anything else pales in comparison and if you can only visit one, this should be it. A UNESCO site and such serene beauty. I highly recommend adding this site.....  more
    This is a running monastery to visit. Anything else pales in comparison and if you can only visit one, this should be it. A UNESCO site and such serene beauty. I highly recommend adding this site.....  more »
  • Another grand gothic monastery. Incredible architecture. Also, was the burial chamber of the nobility that is a must see. This was on our drive from Alcobaca to Coimbra. 
    Another grand gothic monastery. Incredible architecture. Also, was the burial chamber of the nobility that is a must see. This was on our drive from Alcobaca to Coimbra.  more »
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  • Quite amazing that it was built in xiv and xv century, the precision and detail of the masons still very evident. Most amazing is the water supply system that is still operating. No machines!. It is a functioning church, performing weddings and baptisms and daily mass.Well worth a visit or two, then a nice lunch in one of to the many restaurants. ( go to the site and investigate guided tours) Enjoyed it.
  • 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.

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