"Monastery - by sunset" Batalha Things to Do Tip by leffe3

Batalha Things to Do: 65 reviews and 142 photos

 
 

Begun in 1388, the Abbey is a symbol of Portuguese Sovereignty, built as it was as a celebration of the victory by Dom Joao (the illegitimate nephew of King Fernando I of Portugal, who had died heirless) over the Castillian forces at the Battle of Aljubarrota, 3 kms south of Batalha (still with me? LOL).

The Abbey was added to over the next 200 years, incorporating variations on a theme of French Gothic, English Perpendicular and the unique Portuguese Manueline styles.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Oct 8, 2003
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse

Comments

leffe3

“Be well, eat well - and laugh”

Online Now

Male

Top 1,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 0 1 6 5
Forum Rank:
0 0 7 6 4

Have you been to Batalha?

  Share Your Travels