Batalha Monastery, Batalha

#1 of 31 in Historic Sites in Leiria District
Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Historic Site
Thanks to its combination of elements from both Gothic and Manueline architectural styles, Batalha Monastery earned the status of World Heritage Site in 1983. Erected in honor of a 14th century battle between the kingdoms of Portugal and Castile, the limestone building features highly decorated pinnacles, flying buttresses, and balustrades. But, like all Dominican churches, it has no bell tower. Once inside, look at the stained-glass windows and the ornate tombs of King John I and his wife, Philippa of Lancaster. Stop by the southern wall of the abbey's main chapel to see the tomb of Henry the Navigator, a major figure of 15th century politics and the father of the so-called Age of Discoveries. Add Batalha Monastery and other attractions to your Batalha trip itinerary using our Batalha trip planner.
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  • Amazing Monastery and story. The Church is gigantic and has an amazing charm, take a guide book with you  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • Beautiful, well-preserved architecture along with some significant artifacts, and good explanations of the historical significance in English. Make sure to visit the unfinished chapel, and take time to look at the detailed sculpting around the portals. Also, you can observe the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier.
  • Lovely to visit. Especially liked the unfinished chapels. Small charge (6 euros for family ticket (with two under 12s)). Some interesting artworks in the cloisters

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