Things you should know about Batalha’s Abbey

Whether you are local, student or just a visitor in town, you should definitely go to see the Monastery of Batalha. But before you decide hitting the road, here some Things you should know about the Batalha’s Abbey: 

The History of the Monastery


The Monastery of Batalha, more commonly known by the locals as Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitoria de Batalha, was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. Actually, it represented a promise made by King Joao I to the Virgin Mary. The Monastery is considered to be the main building project during the period of monarchy inPortugal. Along with the other monasteries in Portugal, Batalha was dissolved in 1834. Besides its beautiful and unique architecture, combining the Gothic style with the manueline art, the Monastery of Batalha was declared a world heritage in 1983. That because it commemorates an important historical event.

The Description of the Monastery


The abbey’s interior defines the best the Gothic style. The nave and the aisles are separated by pillars whose capitals have plant motifs. The beauty of the windows will really charm you, trust me. Especially the chancel’s stained-glass, They show the Visitation, the Adoration of the Magi, the Flight into Egypt and the Resurrection. It worth to be mentioned the Founder’s Chapel, which contains the tombs of  King Joao I and his queen Philippa of Lancaster, the Royal Closter, built in the Manueline style, and the seven unfinished chapels. The exterior of the monastery is also very beautiful, with great decorations.

How to get to the Monastery

The little town of Batalha is located 118 kilometers north of Lisbon, close to Fatima and Alcobaca. By train, you must go from Lisbon to Valado des Frades and then you will take the bus. There are six espresso buses that arrive in Batalha from Lisbon and seven from Nazare. You can arrive in Batalha also by car.

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I hope that Things you should know about Batalha’s Abbey got your interest and that you will visit it some day.

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