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Batalha Monastery

Address: Batalha, Portugal
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Ranked #3 of 186 Attractions in Estremadura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural

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Ottawa, Canada
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316 reviews 316 reviews
78 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Visited here with Trafalgar tour group and local guide Fatima. Her explanation of the history of the building was most enlightening. They change the guide at the tomb of the unknown soldier in the complex hourly. A nice side show.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The Monastery was build after the battle of Aljubarrota, celebrating its victory. The cathedral is a great example of several I portent styles of Portuguese architecture. The detailing in the sculptured arches is magnificent and looks like stone lace.

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New York City
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

The unfinished chapel was an amazing site. The rest of the monastery is also very impressive. Parking was very easy.

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

A place that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up on end for all the right reasons. A piece of Portuguese history. The Kings burial chamber is spectacular

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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I wondered what we had gotten into ourselves into when we were driving out to Batalha. The town is really unremarkable but once we finally saw the Monastery, our jaws dropped. It was absolutely massive and beautiful. It's so much more bright and airy inside than most Cathedrals. The stained glass windows are gorgeous. It was totally worth the detour... More 

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Rishon Lezion, Israel
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74 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

One of the historical relics of Imperial Portugal past glamour. Here you can see the tomb of Joao and Philipa of Lancester holding hand in hand (try to climb on the next column to see their hands). Their son, Henry the Navigator is buried in the same hall in between other tombs. The Ghotic royal cloister is kept and maintained... More 

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Burlingame, California
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15 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

As other reviewers have mentioned, this is an amazing architectural masterpiece. We happened to arrive just as the guards were changing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was very special to see this ceremony. (I believe they are done hourly.) Also, don’t miss the unfinished chapels. You have to go around the main building to enter them.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

The Monastery is a masterpiece of architecture and a treasury hidden in plane sight. Its interior carries you back through Portugal history. (Don't forget to check the wonderful Manueline-style door of the church next door)

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Great old Monastery with beautiful grounds. An amazing work of art that is worth the trip to see. The church and tombs of the Kings and Queens are beautiful. You can easily spend the day just walking from room to room. A total pleasure

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Brisbane, Australia
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36 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We drove up from Nazare on a warm spring afternoon and over the hill we came upon this giant Monastery, the Monastery of St Maria di Vitoria. Spent a lovely hour wandering around the Monastery, sitting under the stature of a chap called Peirera, still to find out who he was and ate our first Portugese tarts. The building just... More 

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