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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  • This monastery is beautiful and is loaded with history! Easy access as soon as I drove into town I saw him. And the hotel I stayed in was nearby. Place to take it easy... appreciate everything. Beautiful!
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  • Leaving Fatima, it was my first stop of the day: Battle. Sunday, street parking is free. I stopped at the main square, where I had the tourist information point and shops with local handicrafts, food and drinks, mainly liquor (delicious). Next, we entered the beautiful imposing Gothic Monastery, considered one of the world heritage sites considered by UNESCO. Very high right foot, admirable architecture and very pleasant internally. I didn't get into the paid part, but everything I saw was really worth the stop. Total tour duration: 1.5 hour. From there, we leave for Alcobaça and then Nazareth.
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  • Beautiful, well-preserved architecture along with some significant artifacts, and good explanations of the historical significance in English. Make sure to visit the unfinished chapel, and take time to look at the detailed sculpting around the portals. Also, you can observe the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier.
  • Lovely to visit. Especially liked the unfinished chapels. Small charge (6 euros for family ticket (with two under 12s)). Some interesting artworks in the cloisters
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