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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  • We visited this place on September 25th. Free parking is available behind the building. Part of the monastery was never finished and can be visited for free. You need tickets to visit the rest of the....  more
    We visited this place on September 25th. Free parking is available behind the building. Part of the monastery was never finished and can be visited for free. You need tickets to visit the rest of the....  more »
  • Plain white interior with a sprinkling of modernistic small stained wndows that is surpisingly attractive and Impressive, It's certainly big. And it’s made more distinctive because it is very tall... 
    Plain white interior with a sprinkling of modernistic small stained wndows that is surpisingly attractive and Impressive, It's certainly big. And it’s made more distinctive because it is very tall...  more »
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  • A phenomenal experience walking the grounds of this monastery. Everything is super well preserved and organized for tourist visits. The details and ornaments that you see take your breath away. There are people to guide you through. Renovations are underway in some areas but overall a grand feeling of times past. I won't walk you through history but would highly recommend to get a guide and immerse in the story. Very well spent afternoon!
  • Absolutely stunning. One of the most superb examples of high renaissance architecture. All the better for having an uncompleted section. They like to boast 'the highest ceiling in the world'! Lovely cloisters. Beautiful small round side chapel where several kings are buried. Batalha itself, close to the monastery, also rather charming. Big plaza shaded by plain trees, with places to sit and relax. Good shops and restaurants. Plenty of parking. Not over visited.

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