The Unfinished Chapels
The Chapels, commissioned by King Duarte (1391-1438) for his pantheon were not an original part of the monastery.
Designed by Huguet, they were continued by Mateus Fernandes, who also conceived the monumental entrance door (1509).
The upper balcony, (1533) in the Renaissance style, was part of the last works carried out by the architect João de Castilho, before the works in the chapels were definitely abandoned.
Click here for more Pictures on the Unfinished Chapels.
There's a statue of Mouzinho de Albuquerque in Batalha, near the local Monastery.
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Joaquim Augusto Mouzinho de Albuquerque (1855-1902) was a Portuguese soldier. He who carried out Gungunhana's capture, in Chaimite (1895) and the pacification of Mozambique.
He was a very respected man in Portuguese society of 19th and 20th century, he was seen as the hope and the symbol of Portuguese reaction against menaces of the most powerful northern European empires, like Great Britain, towards the Portuguese interests in Africa.
He was governor of Gaza Province and Mozambique until 1898, when he came back to the metropolis.
He was Crown Prince Luís Filipe's instructor.
He allegedly committed suicide in 1902 (some sources claim he was killed).
Prince Henry, the Navigator, is one of the most emblematic figures in the whole history of Portugal. His tomb is located inside the Monastery of Batalha.
Two pictures are featured on this Tip. One is my personal shot of Prince Henry's tomb, the other is the cover of the book Prince Henry "the navigator" - A Life.
The book Prince Henry, "the navigator" - A Life by Peter Russell is on sale at amazon.com for $19.95
Henry the Navigator
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Infante Henrique, Duke of Viseu (March 4, 1394 – November 13, 1460); was an infante (prince) of the Portuguese House of Aviz and an important figure in the early days of the Portuguese Empire. He is known in English as Prince Henry the Navigator or the Seafarer (Portuguese: o Navegador). He promoted early Portuguese efforts to explore an African route to Asia.
Henry the Navigator was the third son of John I of Portugal, the founder of the Aviz dynasty; and of Philippa of Lancaster, the daughter of John of Gaunt. Henry reportedly inspired his father's successful conquest (1414-15) of the Muslim port of Ceuta, on the North African coast across the Straits of Gibraltar from the Iberian peninsula, with profound consequences on Henry's worldview: Henry saw the fruits of the Saharan trade routes that terminated there and became fascinated with Africa in general, with the legend of Prester John, and with expanding Portuguese trade.
[...] Henry had a considerable impact on the course of history, arguably having sparked European interest in colonial exploration—and given Portugal a significant advantage against other nations—that would so transform the world for the next four centuries. [...more...]
I was visiting the Batalha Monastery and noticed these amazing Stained Glass colors inside of it. The little girl (pictured) was posing for a photo. I just had time to request the little girl to hold her pose for a couple more minutes, turned on my camera, and took this amazing picture showing the colors of a Stained Glass window.
Mateus Fernandes (died in 1515) was the Architect of the Monastery and the top of his tomb is located in the ground right after the Monastery's front door. Visitors will see it once they get inside the Monastery.
I'm not sure if the creme bacalhau that we ate in Batalha is particularly characteristic of the city, but it is definitely a Portuguese dish. It reminds me of a tuna casserole, except it's made with delicious fresh cod. It's very warm and creamy and would be perfect for a cold winter evening.