Batalha Monastery

Batalha Monastery

Batalha Monastery
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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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.
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,685 contributions
Sep 2021
The story of this UNESCO World Heritage site started in 1386, when King John I commissioned the building of the monastery to thank the Virgin Mary for her intercession in an important battle. Over the course of more than 100 years, seven kings and a bevy of architects and craftsmen contributed to this Late Gothic masterpiece. Even so, the monastery was never actually finished. The famous Unfinished Chapels remain incomplete, shockingly uncovered. While the earthquake of 1755 resulted in some damage to the monastery, it was Napoleon’s troops that sacked and burned the complex in 1811. King Ferdinand II started a restoration program in 1840 to save the abandoned convent. A combination of flamboyant Gothic and Manueline architecture styles, and with stained-glass windows that date to the 15th century, it is truly a feast for the eyes (not to mention a who’s who of the Portuguese royalty buried here). We bought a ticket that included Alcobaça Monastery and Tomar Convento de Cristo. These 3 UNESCO sites are only 40 miles apart! Don’t choose – visit all 3 – they are each uniquely spectacular.
Written December 26, 2021
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,059 contributions
Oct 2021
This amazing monastery is listed in UNESCO's World Heritage Site ,
and it took 130 years to built this immense structure . It was partially destroyed the 1755 earthquake , in 1811 it was burned by French troops , and abandoned in 1834 . A few years later , King Ferdinand of Portugal started restorations that lasted until 1907 (almost 70 years !!!) .
While exploring this beautiful site , make sure to bring your cameras along , and do not miss the adjacent "Unfinished Church" .
Written December 19, 2021
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TejasIII
McAllen, TX454 contributions
Nov 2021
Amazing Monastery and story. The Church is gigantic and has an amazing charm, take a guide book with you
Written November 25, 2021
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK4,957 contributions
Jun 2021
It took over a century to build, starting in 1386 and ending 1517, spanning the reign of seven kings it was destroyed by Napoleon’s troops in 1810 and restored some 50 years later. Although listed as a monastery, it is the church and its additions over the centuries that forms most interest. It Gothic appearance is absolutely stunning, easily comparable to the main cathedrals of France or England. Externally ornate with many towers it is beautiful from any viewpoint. Internally it may lack the decorated ceilings and artwork of other religious buildings but its imposing presence with immense pillars and narrow main church and side aisles must have been a different world compared to the small wooden buildings most people lived in in medieval times. There were many additions over the years by different kings including the unfinished chapel with no roof. A beautiful and interesting visit.
Written July 25, 2021
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Scottish traveller
Oban, UK381 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Lovely visit today
Exterior is more magnificent than interior
Excellent location and nice day out
It’s sourround with lovely shops and restaurants
Written June 4, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia21,632 contributions
Feb 2020
In the morning, after visiting the Alcobas Monastery, we went to Bataglia to visit another UNESCO site and another of the 7 wonders of Portugal, the Bataglia Monastery. How did this magnificent Dominican monastery come to be here? As Machiavelli wrote in his "Prince", rulers need Virtu-a mixture of valor and luck. The Portuguese king Joao possessed such dignity, including thanks to his talented commander Pereira, whose monument was erected in front of the monastery much later. However, in the Middle Ages it was customary to attribute victory to the intervention of divine forces, so the king founded this monastery in gratitude to the Virgin Mary for the victory over the Castilians in the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. The construction work was carried out under six Portuguese kings and was never completed. The protruding pylons of the Unfinished Chapel are clear evidence of this. Naturally, when a monastery or cathedral is built for so long, it embodies several styles. The architect Afonso Dominguez and his successor Huguet originally built the monastery in the Gothic style. This can be seen in the facade, the transept, the founder's chapel. But Mateus Fernandez and Diogo Boitac were already building in the Portuguese original Manuelino style, which is perfectly visible in the Unfinished chapel. The monastery was intended to become the pantheon of the Portuguese kings. However, only the Avish dynasty is buried here. Sarcophagi are located around the perimeter. Some niches are empty. Some kings are buried in pairs. For example, King John I is buried with his wife Philippa of Lancaster, who died 18 years earlier. Their joint tomb symbolizes the political unity of Portugal and England against Spain. King Duarte also laid to rest with his wife Eleanor of Aragon in an Unfinished chapel without a dome. This is probably the only European king buried in the open air. But the grave of the Unknown Soldier is located inside the monastery in the chapter house. A ticket to the monastery costs 6 euros.A family of 4 or more people gets a 50% discount. If you visit the three site of UNESCO Batalha, Alcobaça and Tomar can be to save a little and buy a combo ticket for 15 euros. The monastery is open from 09.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (last admission at 5.30 p.m.). In summer, it is half an hour longer.
Written January 5, 2021
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Christine P
New York City, NY1,430 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This was breath taking in its scale, really up there with a lot of what you see in other places with more well known historic buildings. The outdoor gardens are nice to stroll through. The whole complex has an eerie, gothic feel to it, especially on an overcast day.
Written August 23, 2020
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Ana
4 contributions
Aug 2020
Beautiful place to visit staff very helpful we did enjoy very much
during the visit every one was respecting the distance very happy we will coming back
Written August 23, 2020
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Jack Sonders
New Orleans, LA3 contributions
Aug 2020
We were hopping to be on time to visit the monusteiro da batala. We were. It is one of the more detailed buildings i have ever seen.
Written August 22, 2020
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GuilhermeVaz
Ericeira, Portugal405 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Well organized and maintained. And lots of history behind. Definitely a must in Portugal. Don’t miss it if you are into history
Written July 15, 2020
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