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Abbey of Santa Maria

The main feature of the town is essentially the Abbey that proudly presents a long and somber facade with 18th Century embellishments. This austerity is further emphasized in the cloisters with its apt name of Cloister of Silence. In contrast within the Abbey is the massive kitchen with a running stream specially diverted to pass through as a supply of fresh water. The open area of the kitchen chimney is large enough to take a whole ox for roasting. The surround to the sacristy doorway is an outstanding example of Manueline decoration. In 1794, Lord Beckford visited the Abbey and commented that he found some 300 monks living in a very splendid manner!

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  • ShadowExpeditions's Profile Photo
    May 17, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    The abbey looks like a fine rival to Westminster. Well done!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2004 at 3:07 PM

    Great infos and pics, Gonzalo ! That monastery and especially the sarcophag of Princess Ines look really great !

  • Sweetberry1's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2003 at 1:16 PM

    Lovely page Alcobaba... The abbey sure is a magnifent piece of architecture. How tragic for the Princess and D Pedro.. Thanks..

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Nov 30, 2003 at 7:08 PM

    Nice job. I had never heard of this place before.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2003 at 6:04 PM

    Alcobaca is realy impressive, splendid Architecture too, thanx for sharing Goncalo

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2003 at 1:38 PM

    That abbey is really worth visiting. I've been there several times and always return, ... Good photos!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2003 at 4:06 AM

    I really enjoyed visiting the abbey and your page too.

  • ania70pl's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2003 at 8:07 AM

    Very nice page. Thanks for reminding me my visit in Alcobaca.

  • ncfg's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2003 at 1:12 PM

    The Abbey is amazing, great page Gonçalo!


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