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    Unfinished chapel - Capelas Imperfeitas

    by solopes Updated Mar 28, 2015

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    Accessible from outside but sharing the ticket, in the back, the Unfinished Chapels are a unique marvel.

    Dom Duarte, eldest son of João and Filipa de Lencastre, was the second king of Avis dynasty, and commissioned a royal mausoleum in the church that was the family’s masterpiece.

    With an octagonal shape, the chapel were never finished, which did not prevent his burial in place.

    With the works lasting for centuries, the original design was transformed by Dom Manuel’s architects, and evidence clearly the several styles (Gothic, and Manueline). One late balcony in Renaissance style, flags the end of the works, already in the 17th century.

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    Travelling around

    by solopes Updated Mar 2, 2015

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    Around Batalha, and in a short distance, there are lots of interesting things to see.

    As the monastery only takes a couple of hours to visit, Batalha is generally visited in a larger trip that includes Alcobaça, Fátima and Nazaré. For transport reasons, staying in Leiria is also common.

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    The Cloisters

    by solopes Updated Sep 23, 2014

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    The Royal cloister was made by Afonso Domingues and Huguet, and it's interesting to observe the coexistence of both styles. In the XVI century manueline elements were added.

    From the Cloister you may access the Capitulo room, where is the tomb of the Portuguese unknown soldier. The exit will be through the Afonso V Cloister (unfinished) and the dining room, used as a small museum.

    Don't forget to enter the unfinished chapels, with a separate entrance a few meters at your right.

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    Free your imagination

    by solopes Updated Sep 23, 2014

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    The splendour of Batalha is a challenge to each one's imagination.

    A Canadian couple (hello Klaudia and Joe) used VT to know something about the place, and we ended meeting in Nazare and going there together.

    They sure enjoyed the cathedral, and Joe surprised me, showing that, no matter how well you know a place, there is always a new angle to explore. I would like to see that photo in VT, but, so far...

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    The Royal Chapel

    by solopes Updated Sep 23, 2014

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    Entering the monastery, at your right, stands the royal chapel, with the tombs of the king Joâo I and most of his family (his son, king Duarte, is in "Capelas Imperfeitas", an adjacent mausoleum that you should not miss for any reason).

    A very delicate room, it's a festival of light and fine details, making it a real royal place. The visit of this chapel and the church is free, but the cloisters and unfinished chapels do deserve the 4 € for the ticket.

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    WW1

    by solopes Updated Jan 24, 2014

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    Inside the monastery, in the "Capítulo" room, there is the tomb of our unknown soldier, always with a military guard. Close to it, there's a small museum remembering our sad participation in WW1. Not remarkable, but interesting and free to those who entered the cloisters.

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    Manueline style

    by solopes Updated Jan 24, 2014

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    Portugal has an exclusive style, a sort of Gothic variation with the adding of nautical elements, that is present in many buildings, including some of the top monuments. Batalha shares with Jerónimos in Lisbon, and Christ convent in Tomar, the fair reputation of being... only the best.

    Don't miss the fabulous cloister!

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    Tombs

    by solopes Updated Jan 24, 2014

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    Most people visiting kings chapel, in Batalha, are impressed by the games of light produced by the stained glasses, and risk to dedicate less attention to the tombs.

    It's a pity, because they are wonderful, and help to understand the importance in Portuguese history of all the family.

    The Founders Chapel was the first Portuguese pantheon, and has in the centre the tombs of king João I and his wife, Filipa de Lencastre, surrounded by many other tombs of the king's sons and their family. Henry, the navigator is one of them, and only Duarte is missing (he is buried in another space in the monastery, maybe the most beautiful - the Unfinished Chapels

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    Parish church

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    In Batalha, people only has eyes to the monastery, however, close to it, the parish church also deserves a look. Built by demand of local people some years after the monastery (maybe they didn't feel at ease in the monastery, or had restrictions to enter), this church also includes Manueline ornaments.

    Damaged by Lisbon's earthquake, it was reconstructed higher than its original size.

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    Batalha Monastery, West portal.

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 12, 2013

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    Mosteiro da Batalha or Batalha monastery is the result of job accomplished by fifteen architects and thousands of masons, carpenters and other workers for one hundred and thirty one years. And it hasn’t been finished till nowadays. That Dominican Monastery was the super endowment from the King of Portugal Joao I to Virgin Mary who helped him to win the battle of Aljubarrota fought just five kilometers away from that place when he badly outnumbered succeeded to defeat Castilian Army and Portuguese supporters of Castilian Pretender Juan I. Monastery also supposed to become the burial place of the new Royal Dynasty of Aviz and in fact two first generations of Aviz were buried here.

    There are Jesus Christ with four Evangelists Marc, John, Mathew and Luke on the Tympanum over the main gates.

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    From October to March: 09:00- 17:00
    From April to September: 09:00 – 06:30
    Closed on: January 1 the New Year, Easter Sunday, May 1 the Labor Day, December 25 the Christmas.
    Individual full price ticket: 6 euros.

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    Batalha Monastery, Chapel of the Founder III.

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 11, 2013

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    Mosteiro da Batalha or Batalha monastery is the result of job accomplished by fifteen architects and thousands of masons, carpenters and other workers for one hundred and thirty one years. And it hasn’t been finished till nowadays. That Dominican Monastery was the super endowment from the King of Portugal Joao I to Virgin Mary who helped him to win the battle of Aljubarrota fought just five kilometers away from that place when he badly outnumbered succeeded to defeat Castilian Army and Portuguese supporters of Castilian Pretender Juan I. Monastery also supposed to become the burial place of the new Royal Dynasty of Aviz and in fact two first generations of Aviz were buried here. King Joao I and his wife Philipa Lancaster were buried in the Capela do Fundador or Chapel of the Founder. Their tomb is situated in the center of the Chapel. At the southern wall stands a row of recessed arches with the tombs of the four sons of Joao I, together with their spouses. From left to right: Ferdinand the Holy Prince (he died a prisoner in Fez in 1443, his bodily remains were later recovered and reburied here in 1473), Joao of Reguengos, the Constable of Portugal (d.1442) with his wife Isabella of Braganza (d.1466), Henrique the Navigator (under a baldachin (d.1460) and Pedro of Coimbra (regent for Afonso V, 1438-1448, who was killed at the Battle of Alfarrobeira in 1449, his remains were reburied here in 1456) with his wife Isabella of Urgell (d.1459).

    The three tombs at the west wall are only copies of the original tombs of King Afonso V (ruled 1438–1481), Joao II (r.1481–1495). These tombs are empty because the French soldiers of Marshal Andre Massena threw away the bones of the king and his son and heir Prince Afonso who died in an accident at the age of seventeen, predeceasing his father.
    Non commercial photo without tripod and flash light is allowed.
    Open:
    From October to March: 09:00- 17:00
    From April to September: 09:00 – 06:30
    Closed on: January 1 the New Year, Easter Sunday, May 1 the Labor Day, December 25 the Christmas.
    Individual full price ticket: 6 euros.

    Capela do Fundador Capela do Fundador Tomb of King Joao I and Queen Philipa. Tombs of Avonso V, Joao II and Infante Afonso Tomb of King Joao I and Queen Philipa.
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    Batalha Monastery, Chapel of the Founder II.

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 11, 2013

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    Mosteiro da Batalha or Batalha monastery is the result of job accomplished by fifteen architects and thousands of masons, carpenters and other workers for one hundred and thirty one years. And it hasn’t been finished till nowadays. That Dominican Monastery was the super endowment from the King of Portugal Joao I to Virgin Mary who helped him to win the battle of Aljubarrota fought just five kilometers away from that place when he badly outnumbered succeeded to defeat Castilian Army and Portuguese supporters of Castilian Pretender Juan I. Monastery also supposed to become the burial place of the new Royal Dynasty of Aviz and in fact two first generations of Aviz were buried here. King Joao I and his wife Philipa Lancaster were buried in the Capela do Fundador or Chapel of the Founder. Their tomb is situated in the center of the Chapel. At the southern wall stands a row of recessed arches with the tombs of the four sons of Joao I, together with their spouses. From left to right: Ferdinand the Holy Prince (he died a prisoner in Fez in 1443, his bodily remains were later recovered and reburied here in 1473), Joao of Reguengos, the Constable of Portugal (d.1442) with his wife Isabella of Braganza (d.1466), Henrique the Navigator (under a baldachin (d.1460) and Pedro of Coimbra (regent for Afonso V, 1438-1448, who was killed at the Battle of Alfarrobeira in 1449, his remains were reburied here in 1456) with his wife Isabella of Urgell (d.1459).

    The three tombs at the west wall are only copies of the original tombs of King Afonso V (ruled 1438–1481), Joao II (r.1481–1495). These tombs are empty because the French soldiers of Marshal Andre Massena threw away the bones of the king and his son and heir Prince Afonso who died in an accident at the age of seventeen, predeceasing his father.
    Non commercial photo without tripod and flash light is allowed.
    Open:
    From October to March: 09:00- 17:00
    From April to September: 09:00 – 06:30
    Closed on: January 1 the New Year, Easter Sunday, May 1 the Labor Day, December 25 the Christmas.
    Individual full price ticket: 6 euros.

    Tomb of Ferdinand the Holy Prince Tomb of Nenrique the Navigator Tomb of Pedro of Coimbra Joao of Reguengos, the Constable of Portugal Joao of Reguengos, the Constable of Portugal
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    Batalha Monastery, Chapel of the Founder

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 11, 2013

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    Mosteiro da Batalha or Batalha monastery is the result of job accomplished by fifteen architects and thousands of masons, carpenters and other workers for one hundred and thirty one years. And it hasn’t been finished till nowadays. That Dominican Monastery was the super endowment from the King of Portugal Joao I to Virgin Mary who helped him to win the battle of Aljubarrota fought just five kilometers away from that place when he badly outnumbered succeeded to defeat Castilian Army and Portuguese supporters of Castilian Pretender Juan I. Monastery also supposed to become the burial place of the new Royal Dynasty of Aviz and in fact two first generations of Aviz were buried here. King Joao I and his wife Philipa Lancaster were buried in the Capela do Fundador or Chapel of the Founder. Their tomb is situated in the center of the Chapel. At the southern wall stands a row of recessed arches with the tombs of the four sons of Joao I, together with their spouses. From left to right: Ferdinand the Holy Prince (he died a prisoner in Fez in 1443, his bodily remains were later recovered and reburied here in 1473), Joao of Reguengos, the Constable of Portugal (d.1442) with his wife Isabella of Braganza (d.1466), Henrique the Navigator (under a baldachin (d.1460) and Pedro of Coimbra (regent for Afonso V, 1438-1448, who was killed at the Battle of Alfarrobeira in 1449, his remains were reburied here in 1456) with his wife Isabella of Urgell (d.1459).

    The three tombs at the west wall are only copies of the original tombs of King Afonso V (ruled 1438–1481), Joao II (r.1481–1495). These tombs are empty because the French soldiers of Marshal Andre Massena threw away the bones of the king and his son and heir Prince Afonso who died in an accident at the age of seventeen, predeceasing his father.
    Open:
    From October to March: 09:00- 17:00
    From April to September: 09:00 – 06:30
    Closed on: January 1 the New Year, Easter Sunday, May 1 the Labor Day, December 25 the Christmas.
    Individual full price ticket: 6 euros.

    Capela do Fundador Capela do Fundador, Ceiling. Tomb of King Joao and Queen Philipa Tomb of King Joao and Queen Philipa Tomb of King Joao and Queen Philipa
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    Batalha Monastery, Interior.

    by Oleg_D. Written Apr 11, 2013

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    Mosteiro da Batalha or Batalha monastery is the result of job accomplished by fifteen architects and thousands of masons, carpenters and other workers for one hundred and thirty one years. And it hasn’t been finished till nowadays. That Dominican Monastery was the super endowment from the King of Portugal Joao I to Virgin Mary who helped him to win the battle of Aljubarrota fought just five kilometers away from that place when he badly outnumbered succeeded to defeat Castilian Army and Portuguese supporters of Castilian Pretender Juan I. Monastery also supposed to become the burial place of the new Royal Dynasty of Aviz and in fact two first generations of Aviz were buried here. Unfortunately, there are too few statues, icons and reliquaries in the church. The reason is typical for this part of Portugal. French Army of Marshal Andre Massena sacked and burned the Monastery in 1810.

    To my mind this is the most beautiful Gothic monastery in Portugal and that worth to be put in the list of “must see” destination in Portugal.
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    Open:
    From October to March: 09:00- 17:00
    From April to September: 09:00 – 06:30
    Closed on: January 1 the New Year, Easter Sunday, May 1 the Labor Day, December 25 the Christmas.
    Individual full price ticket: 6 euros.

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    Mosteiro da Batalha

    by Oleg_D. Updated Apr 11, 2013

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    Mosteiro da Batalha or Batalha monastery is the result of job accomplished by fifteen architects and thousands of masons, carpenters and other workers for one hundred and thirty one years. And it hasn’t been finished till nowadays. That Dominican Monastery was the super endowment from the King of Portugal Joao I to Virgin Mary who helped him to win the battle of Aljubarrota fought just five kilometers away from that place when he badly outnumbered succeeded to defeat Castilian Army and Portuguese supporters of Castilian Pretender Juan I. Monastery also supposed to become the burial place of the new Royal Dynasty of Aviz and in fact two first generations of Aviz were buried here. To my mind this is the most beautiful Gothic monastery in Portugal and that worth to be put in the list of “must see” destination in Portugal.
    Non commercial photo without tripod and flash light is allowed.
    Open:
    From October to March: 09:00- 17:00
    From April to September: 09:00 – 06:30
    Closed on: January 1 the New Year, Easter Sunday, May 1 the Labor Day, December 25 the Christmas.
    Individual full price ticket: 6 euros.

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