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“Huge site” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Monasterior de Batalha

Monasterior de Batalha
Largo Infante D. Henrique, Batalha 2440-109 , Portugal
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Batalha
Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Owner description: Located in the Gothic masterpiece of Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery, a special visit should be made to this chapel with its magnificent stained-glass windows, cloisters, Unfinished Chapel and the tombs of several Portuguese notables.
Shenzhen, China
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“Huge site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

This monastery is huge. The carvings outside the main entrance are just the beginning of this interesting site. Don't forget to see the unfinished chapel.

Visited June 2014
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Kiev, Ukraine
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“Incredible!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Real World heritage site, exceeded all expectations, definitely worth a trip from Lisbon. This is one of the most beautiful cathedrals of our planet. Strongly recommend

Visited June 2014
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Masterpiece of Manueline Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This gigantic monastery is truly one of the greatest wonders of 16th century ecclesiastical architecture. The various cloisters are testaments to the devotion of the artisans and designers of this magnificent edifice. The Manueline window (see attached photo) is only one example of the intricacy of the architectural design to be experienced here. No visit to Portugal would be complete without a visit to this wonderful monastery.

Visited May 2014
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Pensacola, Florida
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“BATALHA MONASTERY (MOSTEIRO DA BATALHA)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We passed thru Porto de Mos, then took N352 all the way to Batalha. From my internet research, I'd thought there wasn't much town there, just mostly the monastery, but as we dropped into town, I realized I was wrong. Batalha, the town, is really pretty good sized. We weren't sure how close we could park to the monastery, so when we got off the highway onto the main street and were pretty sure it was close, I pulled into an easy to park spot by the road adn paid my 1.50 Euros for a couple hours of parking. It turned out that the monastery was just a few blocks down the street. We turned the corner and were immediately impressed by the size of the place, not to mention the ornate facade.

What appeared to be the main entrance is actually the public entrance to the cathedral. Visitors/tourists actually enter a smaller door at the left corner. We presented our combo tickets from the Convento do Cristo and proceeded to spend over an hour wandering around inside. They had a nice gift shop that was also a memorial to the unknown Portuguese soldiers that fought and died in World War I. There was also a room/hall that was their version of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, with two Portuguese soldiers at attention on each side of the tomb/memorial. Several halls had some beautiful stained glass windows and original pieces of art and statues, some of which were apparently carved from wood.

This monastery, unlike the Convento do Cristo, had very few azulejos (tiles) on the walls, but it did have some beautiful stonework and a couple of pretty courtyards. If you go out one door, you can walk around to the unfinished chapels, a very ornate domed chapel, without the dome. Still, it had a lot of intricate carvings, beautiful stained glass windows, and a few tombs, including one of King Edward (Duarte) of Portugal and his queen, Eleanor of Aragon.

Visited May 2014
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Fort Worth, Texas
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“Worth 2+ hours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Interesting commentary on the audio guide which is included in the ticket price. Allow 2 hours. One of the few places in Portugal we found easy for a mobility-challenged person to tour.

Visited May 2014
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