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Monastery of Alcobaca

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Address: Alcobaca, Portugal
Phone Number: 351912460967
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Monastery in the heart of the town

This large monastery is characterised by its simplicity the idea being that you are closer to God. The kitchen is amazing you can imagine the monks in there working frantically... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Almancil, Portugal
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Almancil, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This large monastery is characterised by its simplicity the idea being that you are closer to God. The kitchen is amazing you can imagine the monks in there working frantically in very high temperatures to feed a 1000 people twice day. King Pedro 1 and his mistress Inez de Castro are buried here, make sure the guide tells you about... More 

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Nova Gorica, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I prefer this monastery to the Batalha's once because this is so pure and minimalistic... And not to mention the love story.... Don't miss it. It's just fabulous.

Thank barbara_uNovaGorica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I hadn't been back to see this magnificent church in 7 years and it only gets prettier with age. You will see where my family got married and some incredible gardens.

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Langley, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The monastery was very large and very old. It is surrounded by a nice pedestrian restaurant / retail area. We are happy that we came.

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Ellijay, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unless we missed something, it seemed that much of the monastery was closed at the time of the visit. We'd managed to see the main church, but found the lack of history and explanations really daunting, I'd suggest you look up all the info before you go and don't expect much service from the museum staff. Cost is 6 euro,... More 

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Coimbra, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's large, it's impressive, it's steeped in history and it's very interesting. What more do you need? Allow yourself a good hour to wander around. There are audio guides in several languages fro hire to educate better on its history.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited The Monastery of Alcobaca on the way back up to Porto. We went early morning when it was less crowded. A beautiful Monastery. The main church was lovely . It is well worth the extra Euros to go and see the rest of the place - The cloisters and the Kitchen , in particular , were very interesting.... More 

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Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

This is the largest church in Portugal and one of the 5 sites on the UNESCO circuit often run as tours from Lisbon, bringing massive, non-stop groups into the church, so timing is everything! If you are seeing this independently try to arrive before 11am when it quickly fills up with tourists groups. As I observed groups come and go,... More 

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Piraeus, Greece
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

In such places it is better if you have a guide with you to narrate the history of the place. It's a beautiful monastery without any doubt but Portugal has a lot of similar places.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Worth a visit if you are on the region To of King Pedro very impressive Nice little quiet town with some nearby cafes and shops Every Sunday morning there is an antique bric a bac market in the main square Not a whole day visit as not much there

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