Monastery of Alcobaca, Alcobaca

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The first Gothic building and the largest Gothic religious structure in Portugal, Monastery of Alcobaca presents royal rooms, tombs, a blue-tiled kitchen, and colossally high interior spaces. Formed in the 12th century and developed until the 18th century, the monastery was home to generations of monks and is the final resting place to many kings and queens, including Afonso II and Urraca of Castile, Afonso III and Beatrice of Castile, and King Pedro I and his mistress. See the insides of the monastery--rising over 20 m (65 ft)--and visit the 18th-century kitchen, which reveals the Cistercian monks' astonishing mastery of hydraulic engineering. You can take a guided tour at the site. Plan to visit Monastery of Alcobaca and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Alcobaca attractions using our Alcobaca trip itinerary maker website.
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  • We visited this place September 24th. There is a small parking lot next to the building. In the afternoon this parking lot was full. We had to park on the street. An information board in Portuguese... 
    We visited this place September 24th. There is a small parking lot next to the building. In the afternoon this parking lot was full. We had to park on the street. An information board in Portuguese...  more »
  • Beautiful building to see. We spent about an hour and a half here, which included taking lots of pictures and visiting the gift shop. Note there is no audio guide, and if the parking lot in front is.....  more
    Beautiful building to see. We spent about an hour and a half here, which included taking lots of pictures and visiting the gift shop. Note there is no audio guide, and if the parking lot in front is.....  more »
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  • Imposing structure, very well maintained. Gorgeous views from the lookouts. Lots of photo opportunities. Beautifully carved cloisters. Surrounded by coffee shops with terraced tables with a view of the ornate exterior of the church. The historic downtown is also lovely to walk through.
  • If you want to see a spectacular monastery without crowds this one is for you. There aren't many signs for absorbing history but you can read about the place on your phone. Other than that just enjoy the quiet peace and amazing architecture. I love finding places where not many tourists go and this place was definitely a gem. You need to pay hourly parking but plenty a few steps from the chapel.

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