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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Batalha Monastery

Batalha Monastery
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Faith and Heritage: Fátima Batalha Nazaré and Óbidos Private Tour from Lisbon
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Batalha
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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.
Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

This monastery is truly magnificent. Haven't seen any other building in Portugal quite like it. It stands talk and proud in a large square. Unfortunately they have just started charging people to access crypts and chapel which is a shame. Otherwise a must see, pop in!

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Split, Croatia
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“The most beautiful monastery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

This is the most beautiful monastery I have ever seen. It took centuries to built it. Gothic roof, pillars, silent aisles, multicolored glass... This structure is really something.

Visited August 2013
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Newark, Notts
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“Beautiful and serene.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2014

We visited in mid January and there were some works being carried out so some parts of the monastery were shrouded, however we were just two of about twenty people so we pretty much had the building to ourselves. The carving is magnificent, the unfinished capellas charming, and the tombs of king Joao and queen Phillipa of Lancaster, the daughter of John O Gaunt, and there four sons were quite wonderful. Although you can't see it from ground level unless your very tall, the king and queen are holding hands.the monastery is not so large that your overwhelmed but the carving is splendid. In one large room we were surprised to see the tomb of the unknown soldier, a Portuguese soldier who died during the First World War, guarded by two present day soldiers. This was quite moving, and the stained glass window was letting in some wonderful colours that dappled the tomb. In the majority of the rooms the explanations were in Portuguese and English which is really good and not the case everywhere in Portugal. The war museum is small but also very interesting, you can see the wreath laid by the Queen and Prince Phillip in 1957, which is in a glass case. I think this is a lovely place and says much about Portuguese heritage, excellence and valour.

Visited January 2014
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Wonderful ancient art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Classified as World Heritage since 2007, the Monastery of Batalha, or Convent of Santa Maria da Vitória is one of the major Portuguese architectural jewels.
Worth a visit to admire the wonderful works, started in the XIV century, which led to this great Gothic monument.
On Sunday morning you will be able to visit the place for free.

Visited January 2014
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Miramar, Florida
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“Batalha - Unforgettable”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

We stopped at the monastery on a tour... Our tour guide Edgar was incredible.
The most striking thing about this place is that, despite the fact we were there during the summer (extremely hot), we stepped into the church and were shocked at the incredibly cool temperatures inside. I asked if there was air conditioning, only to realize that the rock and limestone construction were contributing to the natural flow of cold air inside. We saw the tombs and much more and were truly amazed at the incredible details of the outside of the monastery/church

Visited June 2013
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