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Monday June 1, 2009
ALCOBACA MONASTERY or MOSTEIRO DE SANTA MARIA DE ALCOBACA was founded by the first Portuguese King Afonso in1153. The church and monastery were the first Gothic buildings in Portugal.
The importance of the Monastery is the fact that many Royals were buried here in the 13th and 14th centuries. King Afonso II, Afonso III and their Queens Urraca of Castile and Beatrice of Castile, are buried here, as well as King Pedro I and his lady love Ines de Castro, who was murdered on the orders of Pedro's father King Afonso IV. After being crowned King, Pedro had built two magnificent Gothic tombs for him and Ines, both of which can be seen in the transept of the Monastery.
Due to its artistic and historical importance, it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1989.
The Alcobaca Monastery was one of the stops on our VT Tour.


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 the 6:30 train to Lisbon. When we arrived at Cais do Sodre Train station, we then headed for the Metro ( Green Line ) to take us to Campo Grande. We arrived in good time around 8:00 a.m. - even were there before Antonio. After we all availed ourselved of the washrooms in the SAS Radisson, we all piled into the big blue bus and we were on our way.
Our first stop was Batalha Monastery. Then the CrisForm glass-blowing factory in Marinha Grande, where we had a wonderful glass-blowing demonstration and then it was on to Nazare' for lunch at Restaurante Sao Miguel. After lunch it was on to Alcobaca Monastery and finally Obidos.
The bus driver got us back to Lisbon at the SAS Radisson. From there we got to the Metro (Green Line) to Cais do Sodre train station and finally headed back to Cascais. A long day but absolutely wonderful. Thanks so much Antonio and Avelino. It was fantastic.

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  • Last visit to Alcobaça: Jun 2009
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  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    The monastery looked wonderful inside and out. Surprising how simply the main alter is decorated. I have to say that I love the designs shown in your photos, so much light. quite beautiful!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2010 at 6:17 AM

    Your travelogues are magnificent with those intro close-up photos. The cloisters are so beautiful. Liked idea of a singer there entertaining you. Story of King and his mistress and the king's revenge were great. Yes, lovely water fountain.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    I could go for a cloistered silence in a monastery right about now.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    The Alcobaça monastery looks gorgeous both outside and inside! Excellent travelogues! This is a great page, fully documented.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Lori, fabulous Alcobaca page here. It looks like you enjoyed some really interesting post meeting tours. As you had very blue sky, especially your photos of the monastery look awesome.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2009 at 8:26 PM

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of history. Have enjoyed reading your tips and travelogues. Nice photos, a place to remember for the future.!

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Jul 8, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    You had a very interesting VT-tour there, Lori! The monastery and its church are very attractive because of their gothic archetecture and history. Wonderful travelogues.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2009 at 4:07 AM

    Monastry & Cloisters -beautiful architecture. Interesting story re TOMB OF INES DE CASTRO . Greater love hath no man????Nice pics too, Lori.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Oh I see you had a lot of fun sighseeing after the meet as well :-)) This sounds great, never was aware of a Cistercian monastery in Portugal :-) Yes, their fountain was houses are amazingly beautiful :-)

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    The tomb of Ines (and Pedro) look so intricate...and I guess waking up at 5 AM was worth it..nice great tour! I could also almost hear the water trickling at the Renaissance fountain...great writing, Lori! Norman :)


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