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Review of Monastery of Alcobaca

Monastery of Alcobaca
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Historical and Religious Tour: Alcobaca, Batalha and Fatima
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“A place of love and beauty”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

A beautiful peaceful place to walk in the cool and consider what might have been. Love, romance and tragedy all wrapped up in faith..

Visited July 2013
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Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Somehow, I prefer this to Batalha further north, make sure you visit the Kitchen area, free entrance Sunday mornings! otherwise entrance not too dear

Visited April 2013
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“Stunningly Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

The town is built around this fantastic monastery which is home to the tombs of King Pedro and Inez. Read the story about the two lovers and then see their ornate tombs. Spend some time in the cloister, which is a peaceful and beautiful garden. After you have seen the whole monastery, browse through the shops containing lovely pottery and fine linens.

Visited September 2013
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Time is flying”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

Alcobaca as a village is worth visiting. Small cafes and restaurants, and nice people everywhere. The monastery is impressive and has a strong history of monks and their innovative lifestyle at their time. However, it is not in mint condition, and way to little stimulation inside the building to be blown away.

Visited August 2013
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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“Awesome (and gruesome)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

As you drop down into the town from the North East the vast extent of the cloisters and the array of windows and rooftops of the Monastery is spread out before you from the hilltop car park above the river valley of the Alcoa. Quite the best place to start your exploration of the town and its awesome religious site... as you then cross the little riverside walkway by an ancient bridge and then wander through the pretty town streets and enter the huge plaza via the gateway in the monastic outer walls. A shady square with a fountain delights the eye with its intimacy before the almost overwhelming grandeur of the hundred or more metre façade wraps itself along the Northern side of the huge square. Cafes and tavernas provide shade and sustenance for the tourist or residents of the town along the South side. The interioir will delight you for a couple of hours as there is so much to see. 8 euros admission to the museum and cloister section but the church is free and this houses the pair of ornate stone tombs of Pedro ! and his truelove Ines de Castro - together now for eternity, but separated in their lifetime by a greater family intrigue than any that a Capulet or Montagu could effect. , King Alfonso IV made sure his son Pedro would make an advantageous marriage to the Infanta de Castile.. but Pedro preferred to go off and live in Coimbra with his adored Ines de Castro .... In January 1355, Alfonso arranged for some of his knights to murder poor Ines and they buried her below the city wall ... legend has it that soon afterwards, a fountain flowed from the spot (now called the lover's fountain). Not long after Alfonso died and Pedro became king. First he routed out the killers of his lover and had their hearts torn out; then he had Ines body exhumed and he sat her decaying corpse crowned and set on the throne by his side - when he made all the court kiss her mouldering hand.

Visited June 2013
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