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    Pedro and Ines

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2013

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    No, I'm not telling the story again.

    Only a remark to notice that recent works opened the access to a window from where you'll be able to take a picture of the tombs demonstrating how the king decided to be buried, in order to, at the end of the world... No! I promised not to tell the story again.

    I believe that it is impossible to arrive at the monastery without knowing our "Romeo and Juliet story", but if you do, even the stones will tell it to you.

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    Tombs

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2013

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    The tombs of Pedro and Ines dominate the church of the monastery, but the tomb of Saint Bernardo, telling the story of his death, is also very interesting.

    Amidst several royal tombs, two are identified: those of our third and fifth kings - Afonso the 2nd and the 4th.

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    Kings Room

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2013

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    The richest room in the monastery shows the statues of almost all the Portuguese kings, but more than that, a great set of tiled panels from the 18th century tell the story of the monument's construction.

    Very easy to follow and rather interesting!

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    Chapter House

    by solopes Updated Jan 26, 2013

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    The house where the monks had their meetings is now one of the most useful rooms in the monastery. It's shape is a square of 17.5x17.5 meters, big enough to gather 200 monks.

    With good acoustic conditions it is frequently used to musical events. In between, it is open to visitors, displaying a few statues of the former abbots.

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    Monastery- addings

    by solopes Updated Sep 10, 2012

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    Though being started in the 12th century, some works have happened later, here and there with some different styles signing the dates.

    The facade (baroque) and the access to the sacristy (manueline) are good examples.

    A large and more recent area, for many years used as guest house is under recovering and may be seen from the 1st stage.

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    The cloisters

    by solopes Updated Sep 10, 2012

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    Entering through the kings room, we access the main cloister, from where we may visit the monks accommodations. It's a very harmonious ensemble, from where we may have the idea of the size of the whole building.

    Some recuperation works open the sight to new areas, promising a larger visitable area soon.

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    Monastery - The monks life

    by solopes Updated Sep 10, 2012

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    More than a church (a wonderful church), Alcobaça was a school inhabited by dozens of monks.

    It´s still very interesting to see their conditions of life, from the kitchen where they could cook three bulls at once, with always running water from the diverted river, to the cellar, dormitory and refectory.

    Some recent works have enlarged and enriched the visited area.

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    Town Hall

    by solopes Updated Sep 7, 2012

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    No, its not Disneyland. It's Town Hall, in a fabulous photo of Graca Vargas, with some other angles in my own photos.

    The palace has been built in 1890 by a local that made fortune in Brazil, and started being used as Town Hall in the middle of last century.

    The style reflects Brazilian architecture. Around it, there's a garden, with tennis lawns, and, at both ends, the camping ground and the Palace of Justice.

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    Tomb of Don Pedro I.

    by gubbi1 Written May 1, 2012
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    Inside of the monastery church, close to the tomb of Inês de Castro, you will find the one of Don Pedro I. He lived from 1320 to 1367. Already during his youth Dom Pedro had problems in the relation to his father King Afonso IV. He organized a forced marriage to strengthen the relation to Castile. Once grown up Pedro refused the marriage. Later Afonso managed another forced mariage for Pedro. With his new wife also Inês de Castro came into his life and they fell in love. Once his wife died at the birth of their child, Dom Pedro officially went into relation with Inês de Castro. But Afonso ordered her to court and sentenced her to death. As Dom Pedro became king he ordered two tombs for him and Inês, which he requested to be placed into the monastery church side by side to be close to her once he was dead.

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    Tomb of Inês de Castro

    by gubbi1 Written May 1, 2012
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    Inside of the monastery church you will find the tomb of Inês de Castro. She was born in 1320 and died in 1355 because she got executed. King Afonso IV. father of Don Pedro I. was against the relation of Don Pedro I. to Inês as she became Pedros loved on after his wife died as a consquence of giving birth to their child. King Afonso found a reason to put her on court and there she was sentenced to death.
    After Don Pedro I. became king, he ordered the production of his and her tomb, which were set up in the monastery church side by side to be close together.

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    Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça

    by gubbi1 Written May 1, 2012
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    According to a saying it was Afonso Henriques who promised to Saint Maria that he would donate a monastery if he could recapture the stronghold of the moors in Santarem. He managed and shortly after donated the monastery here in Alcobaca. This donation has ben proofed to have taken place in 1153. In 1833 the monastery was abandoned by the monchs, but nowadays is an important touristic site.
    The monastery church is the largest of Portugal. Inside you can visit beautiful cloisters and see the very richly decorated tombs of Don Pedro I. and Inês de Castro.

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    Monastery of Alcobaca

    by dila Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaca was founded in 1153 by the first Portugees king Afonso Henrigues.

    open
    9.00 to 17.00 october to march
    9.00 to 19.00 april to september
    closed on 1 januari, good friday, easter sunday, 1 may and christmas day

    guided visits by reservation only
    tel +351 262 50 5120 / 8

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    Ginja by the Glass at the Capador

    by MarioPortugal Written Oct 23, 2006

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    The Capador is a tavern established in 1919. It the past visitors in Alcobaça were welcome to guard their horses in the back room, that very same back room where nowadays the general public seat, drink and chat.

    More recently this tavern become known for its ginja by the glass. Tradition still brings a lot of the older customers and senior people as well, which is good. Funny curiosity is that the Capador has been able to reinvent itself. Nowadays younger crowds fill the seats during the evenings. Specially on Friday's & Saturday's nights.

    Coming to the Capador and ask for a ginja is a must. It will keep the tradition alive.

    Unfortunately the ginja being sold by the glass is not the best I've ever tried. It's not even the traditional David Pinto's ginja made in Alcobaça !! - The owner claims the David Pinto's ginja is way too expensive. Anyway, just for the sake of the tradition and also for the fun of enjoying a shot of ginga, it's worth to pay the Capador a visit.

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    The Cardinal's Cloister

    by mikelisaanna Written Jul 9, 2006

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    The Cardinal's Cloister

    The Cardinal's Cloister is the middle of Alcobaca's three cloisters. It was built as an addition to the monastery in the 1500s. It is currently closed to the public, but you can get a view of it from the rooms off the second floor of the adjacent Cloister of Silence.

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    The Cloister of Silence

    by mikelisaanna Written Jul 8, 2006

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    The Cloister of Silence with its orange trees
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    The Cloister of Silence is adjacent to the monastery's church and is a cloister that encloses a courtyard with orange trees. It has two rows of walkways surrounding it, both of which are open to the public.

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