Batalha Travel Guide

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  • Things to Do
    by J_Antunes
  • Things to Do
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Batalha Highlights

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    salinhopt says…

     One of the best Monaterys in Portugal! 

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     I cannot invent cons! 

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     An unbelievably beautiful place 

Batalha Things to Do

  • WW1

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Parish church

    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...

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  • Batalha Monastery, West portal.

    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...

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  • Batalha Monastery, Chapel of the Founder...

    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...

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  • Batalha Monastery, Chapel of the Founder...

    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...

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  • Batalha Monastery, Chapel of the Founder

    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...

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  • Batalha Monastery, Interior.

    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...

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  • Mosteiro da Batalha

    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...

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  • Unfinished chapel - Capelas Imperfeitas

    Acessible 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 comissioned a royal mausoleum in the church that was the family’s masterpiece.With an octagonal shape, the chapel were never finished, which did not...

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  • Travelling around

    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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  • Mosteiro da Batalha

    This monument, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was built by the King Dom João I to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians in the Battle of Aljubarrota that took place in 1385.King João I gave the monastery to the Dominicans and the splendid edifice was constructed over the next two centuries in the Gothic and Manueline styles....

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  • The Cloisters

    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...

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  • The Royal Chapel

    Entering the monastery, at your right, stands the royal chapel, with the tombs of the king Joao I and his family. 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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Batalha Restaurants

  • What a disappointment

    More than suckling pig, "Leitão" is a magic word, used in Portugal to promote a restaurant that "promises" a good experience.Close to the monastery, replacing a former restaurant long time closed, someone opened this "new" restaurant. After several times passing by it, the time to stop and try just arrived.First deception - the modern image is...

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  • Wine tasting

    Usually, people eat and choose the most appropriated drink to complement the food. Sometimes, specially when the drink is wine, they reverse the option. That's what happens here - the subject is... wine, and the food is chosen to match the wine. It may make sense for an expert, that I'm not. So... a different experience, three good wines, and......

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  • Only the location and decor are worth...

    We found this restaurant easily enough as it was very conveniently located behind the monastery, on the row of restaurants and commercial establishments where the tourism office and souvenir shops with plenty of white and blue plates are displayed in front. It seemed decent enough, with a modern ambience. It was quite late for lunch already, so...

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Batalha Transportation

  • From Lisbon to Batalha

    The best way to travel between Lisbon and Batalha is by express bus.Lisbon bus station: Sete Rios (Underground station)Batalha Bus Stop: one leg from the Monastery.Fare: €10.90 (one way)

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  • By Car: How Far/How Long...?

    Some road distances from Batalha to:- Lisbon: 166 kms.- Madrid (Spain): 632 kms.- Paris (France): 1.683 kms.- Ankara (Turkey): 4.520 kms.Checking the site, you can find some more road distances together with the driving times and the best routes.

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  • VT TOUR BUS TO BATALHA

    Monday morning June 1, began veeeery early - like 5:00 a.m. as we were to get our tour bus at the SAS Radisson, near Campo Grande Metro Station in Lisbon for 8:30 a.m. and most of us were staying in Cascais. Our large group that was staying at Albergaria Valbom headed for the train station around 6:00 a.m. Most had to buy tickets (1.70 Euro) for...

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Batalha Shopping

  • Wine on every Circumstance.

    Wine Club Circunstância (in english: "Circumstance") opened in September 2006. This is a extremely fine place for the delight of any wine lover !!Personally, I do believe there's nothing close to this concept in any part of the world !!! - Every single detail has been thought of.Being a wine club, members are invited to keep their bottles inside...

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  • Trinkets and mememtos

    If you walk to the rear of the abbey, you'll see the tourismo (tourist information office) and a number of small shops and cafes. You can pick up some azulejos tiles and other touristy items in the shops to commemorate your visit.

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Batalha Local Customs

  • The Unfinished Chapels (at the...

    The Unfinished Chapels[quote>] 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...

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  • The Statue of Mouzinho de Albuquerque

    There's a statue of Mouzinho de Albuquerque in Batalha, near the local Monastery.--- quote from wikipedia ---‎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...

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  • The Tomb of Prince Henry, The Navigator.

    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...

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Batalha Warnings and Dangers

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    Respect

    by TinKan Written Mar 25, 2003

    As with most churches found in Europe this one is still and active church and you should have respect for those that are here for services.

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Batalha Off The Beaten Path

  • Church "Exaltação da Santa Cruz"

    Funny thing!In the 16th century, the people around one of the most beautiful temples in the world, demanded... a church. And a church was built with a complex name contrasting with its modesty. There it is, just across the street from the monastery, deserving a quick look to its Manueline door, and... back to the monastery, of course.

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  • Ponte do Boitaca

    Diogo Boytac was a French artist that worked in the construction of the monastery (and in Jeronimos too). This medieval bridge, recently restored, gets his name, supposedly because he has been its builder. Facing the monastery, it is, now, a well maintained construction, balancing the ambiance in the valley frontal to the monastery.

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  • Doors

    A lateral door is generally skipped by the visitors, that, after watching carefully the main door, and exiting to visit the unfinished chapel, consider that everything was seen. It's a bad idea. This lateral door is important to compare with the main one, since it exemplifies perfectly the differences between flamboyant Gothic in Portugal and...

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Batalha Favorites

  • Aljubarrota

    The monastery was built to celebrate a great victory against the Spanish, that saved our independence. The hero was Nuno Alvares Pereira, that later, distributed by the poor all his great fortune and became a monk. He was, recently proclaimed saint by the Pope, under the name of Nuno de Santa Maria.In Batalha he is still remembered by his military...

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  • Guess the 3 differences

    Three small details make these two pictures in Batalha a little bit different. Will you find them ? Solution:1 - At left the monastery was absolutely secondary. At right it gets all the attention2 - Left, the bride waits for her husband to take the picture. Right, she is somewhere home, waiting for her husband to post this tip.3 - Left, the stone...

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  • Batalha details

    I have spoken to many friends about visiting tourist sites and taking photos. Most often when we ask one another "Did you see.....?", you find that there were details that missed your eye. This is a direct result of the sensory overload that some of the OVERLY detailed places provide, you just cannot take it all in at one visit.These photos are a...

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