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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  • Lovely place! The unfinished chapels is definitely something memorable. And the kings tombs are also of a unique beauty. Worth the visit. We bought the circle ticket (Tomar, Batalha & Alcobaça) for... 
    Lovely place! The unfinished chapels is definitely something memorable. And the kings tombs are also of a unique beauty. Worth the visit. We bought the circle ticket (Tomar, Batalha & Alcobaça) for...  more »
  • The monastery building is grand but bare on the inside. With such an imposing entry as well as courtyard, the interior definitely feels like a letdown. The monastery built to commemorate a pivotal... 
    The monastery building is grand but bare on the inside. With such an imposing entry as well as courtyard, the interior definitely feels like a letdown. The monastery built to commemorate a pivotal...  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.
  • This place is incredible, words of pictures don’t do it justice. My favorite parts are the room with the tombs and the unfinished chapels, as well as the architecture outside. The light from the stained glass windows shines through and casts a pink glow across the monastary. Truly feels magical. A must see.

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