Visit to Batalha Monastery, Portugal

Batalha Monastery is an incomplete monastery, yet in its incomplete state the monastery is incredible! The history associated with this monastery and the sculpted carvings are outstanding. Batalha Monastery is a symbol of victory!

History of Batalha Monastery

This monastery was built by King Joao in 1385. In the battle of Alijubarrota, where his defeat seemed imminent by Castilians, his prayers to Virgin Mary sailed him through victoriously. This victory is important in the history of Portugal as it resulted in independence of Portugal from Spain. The construction went on for 2 centuries (1388 to 1533) by 15 architects and under the reign of several kings. It is a mix of 2 architectural styles: Gothic and Manueline. Yet, the dream monastery couldnโ€™t be completed. The workers were called away to build Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon.

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Must See Sights in Batalha Monastery

The arch over the door is decorated with statues of twelve apostles. The stained glass window here is the largest in Portuguese Gothic architecture.

There are a series of tombs in the Founderโ€™s Chapel to the right of entrance. It contains the tombs of King Joao I and his Queen Phillipa, their stone effigies depict entwined hands. Their son Prince Henryโ€™s tomb is nearby.

There is one more couple tomb, that of D. Duarte and his wife Leonor, laying hand in hand in one of the chapels in the monastery. Interesting to note how they depict relations in death!

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The Square Chapter house in the Royal Cloister is a beautiful place to walk through. It is the lace like work in limestone that holds your attention. They seem like snowflakes, only difference that they are of stone and large in size. This part of the tour takes up much of your time, and chances are you will want to linger on, not wanting to come out.

There are several names associated with this grand architecture; some of them rest in peace here. At the end mind gets loaded with too many names. There is a Change of Guard event inside the monastery, which we missed unfortunately.

The equestrian statue of Nuno Alvares was unveiled in 1968. He fought with King Joao I in the battle of Aljubarrota.

Batalha Monastery 6Tickets and Timings

Individual Tickets 6 euros.
Family Ticket, Student Card and visitors aged 65 and above 50%
Free entry on Sunday 9AM to 2 PM.
Closed on 1st Jan, Easter, 1st May and 25th December.

Location of Batalha Monastery

The distance from Alcobaca Monastery is 22kms. Drive from Lisbon (122kms) can take one and half hours.

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31 Responses

  1. Amazing, Beautiful photos

  2. sylviakirk says:

    It is AWESOME!! And your captures are superb as always, Indrani!! An incredible place that I would love to visit!! Thank you so much — as always — for sharing the wonder, the beauty and the history with us today!! Have a great week!

  3. Meera says:

    Beautiful place..

  4. Arun says:

    Looks beautiful. The couple tomb sounds unique.

  5. This is a beautiful one… can you believe I have never visited one?

  6. Amazing place. Anything that’s take centuries to build is beyond imagination. Beautiful pictures.

  7. Somali says:

    Beautiful arches. Nice blending of the two styles.

  8. Your posts are making me want to make a trip to Portugal. Seriously. Will make you plan my itinerary as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Very old but beautiful one ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Niranjan says:

    Wonderful Gothic architecture. Nice frames, Indrani.

  11. Arun says:

    Though its incomplete but still it looks beautiful. The carvings are superb!

  12. vatsala mallya says:

    Magnificent !! The monastery and its architechture unbelievable ! The interiors and carvings too besutiful..

  13. The monastery looks so beautiful. A great post ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. two centuries and incomplete…kahi iska tender humare India ke Pwd department ko toh nahi diya tha!!! LOLS

    seriously, this incomplete structure looks magnificent!!

  15. Ami says:

    The sculpted ceilings and arches are just beautiful. Lovely account of the same.

  16. Mridula says:

    Can’t even guess which part is incomplete, it looks so compelling!

  17. Really interesting architecture,explains the time taken

  18. eileen says:

    Hello, I can not imagine it being unfinished. It is just beautiful. A beautiful monastery. Thanks for sharing your visit. Enjoy your new week ahead!

  19. VJ Sharma says:

    This incompleteness looks beautiful. So idea is to visit it on Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for lovely post !

  20. Interesting article. The architecture is lovely.

  21. Nisha says:

    By looking at the pictures it gave me a feel of Gothic style. Then I read the article, & I was right! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And I love stained glasses, anywhere. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Great capture, Indrani.

    I know a person who never completes any building. He always left some part incomplete. Someone told him that the day he’ll complete all his buildings, his work on earth will be over. He is in education business. He built many colleges but some portions are unfinished in each one.

  23. I’m not surprise the construction went on for two centuries, it’s huge!
    Wren x

  24. Gorgeous monastery! I love all the details.

  25. Lovely arches.. I love the amalgam of the two styles. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Magnificent! Wonderful photos!

  27. Jeevan says:

    Truly incredible! 2 centuries were petty long time and the thing itself make feel how remarkable the structure has to be. The detail on the arched gateway and many other aches were spellbinding

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