Favorite thing: The Cistercian monastery in the town of Alcobaça was founded back in the 12th century. It features a large Gothic church, a central cloister, a royal pantheon, and other rooms. The richly decorated tombs of King Pedro I (1357-1367) and his mistress Inês de Castro, who was a young and beautiful lady-in-waiting to his wife, are located within the monastery.
The Monastery is one of the first examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. In the 17th and 18th centuries the facade was remodeled in baroque style, the Gothic portal survived this remodeling and other disasters that have befell the monastery.
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Favorite thing: The Monastery at Alcobaça is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site and is well worth a visit. We had a rental car and decided to swing by this small town in order to see this impressive Cistercian monastery that is modeled after the French monastery of Clairvaux. The exterior isn't so spectacular but one step inside the small entrance door and my first reaction was something like, "ah-oh-whoa."
Fondest memory: We only spent a couple hours here exploring the monastery and driving around the surrounding streets. It was well worth the visit.
Santa Maria Abbey
Favorite thing: Monumental Cistercian Abbey was founded in 1152 and is classified in UNESCO’s International Heritage list.
Inside you can see beautiful Gothic tombs of King Pedro I and Ines de Castro in the church; cloisters; the chapter house and an enormous kitchen. Churches: Misericordia (Renaissance portal and 17th-century tiles) and Conceicao (17th century).
The Weather in Alcobaça
Favorite thing: Sometjing should be checked before the visit: The Weather.
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