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Monastery of Alcobaca

Alcobaca, Portugal
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Alcobaca
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Estoril, Portugal
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

One of Portugal's most outstanding monuments. Not to be missed at any rate. And the recent, subtle, arrangement of the surrounding area by Gonçalo Byrne is a major plus.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Fantastic monument, in very good conditions. One of the oldest monasteries in Portugal - XII century. The Kitchen is one of the most interesting ones I've ever seen in this type of monuments.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

definitely glad we made a stop here. compared to similar places in Lisbon, Porto and Sintra, this is just as noteworthy if not better, and tastefully restored and decorated.

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

The building is superb but it's its interior that amazes the visitor: the tombs of two lovers united in death, a king that makes Romeo embarrassed.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

A stunning site and a must see if you're travelling to the Silver Coast on holiday. The outside has been messed about with and Baroqued up a little but the inside is stunning in its Gothic simplicity. The tombs of Dom Pedro and Ines da Costra are beautiful and their story is amazing. Worth getting a guide as there is... More

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237 reviews 237 reviews
136 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The monestary itself is a simple, austere, devoid of decoration structure, intended to help monks concentrate on their devotions. It is perhaps best known as the resting place of King Pedro and his beloved, Ines. Their huge tombs face each other. The tombs are beautifully ornate carved depictions of the king and his would-be queen. There is damage to the... More

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Cerritos, California
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We drove here during our recent trip to Portugal. The guidebooks did not do justice to this beautiful monastery. The inside was huge! The views were dramatic. We felt like we walked for hours. They had a short video of tourist attractions - nice place to stop and relax. The kitchen area was unbelievable - ovens that cooked for hundreds.... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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63 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Not the greatest on the outside but wonderful inside. Church so much nicer than all the fancy baroque ones. Magnificent and imposing ; quite plain with two beautiful, intricately carved tombs. Lovely big cloisters and massive kitchens unlike anything I've seen elsewhere. Lovely open frontage outside circled by several cafes and souvenir shops. So tranquil compared to so many of... More

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Shenzhen, China
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128 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Do not miss the two 'caskets' on either side of the alter. The associated story of love and murder is quite interesting. Parking is easy and a pay and display metre is available - be sure to have small change.

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Zagreb, Croatia
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Outside, the monastery with the church in the middle of two simple wings doesn't look very attractive, except it's monumentality. But when you see the interior: majestic church with royal tombs (specially those of Pedro I and Ines de Castro in transept), dormitory and other rooms with gothic arches on the ceiling, magnificent Cloister of Silence and kitchen with giant... More

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