Batalha Monastery
Batalha Monastery
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Located in the Gothic masterpiece of Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery, a special visit should be made to this chapel with its magnificent stained-glass windows, cloisters, Unfinished Chapel and the tombs of several Portuguese notables.
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  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    This is a very large facility with three separate entrances. The church itself is nice. I found the unfinished chapels to be the most interesting, however. The monastery is skippable IMO - not much to see. There is a huge, free parking lot in the back of the building. This was greatly appreciated after struggling to find parking at other sights.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Lesh0507
    Albourne, United Kingdom133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place to visit and admire
    Known as the largest Cathedral and Monastery in Portugal. It is an impressive sight and has a lot to see. We were lucky to be there when the choir was practicing for later that day. The acoustics were fantastic. The cathedral is made up of the old and new and not completed abbeys, all are fantastic and well worth the trip. The town surrounding the Monastery is full of shops and restaurants/bars and is pedestrianised so very friendly for all ages.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Maple Leopard
    Seattle, Washington288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Epic Old World Charm & Historical gems at the Monastery of Batalha - Portugal!
    Discover hidden historical gems at this beautiful UNESCO world heritage sight in the Center of Portugal .' Located just an hour or so from Lisbon - be transported back to the life and times of Henry the Navigator & King Joa'o I suggest hiring a local guide to show you around - their knowledge & ability to bring the scenes t onlife is extraordinary !!!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 18 November 2023
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Jules060617
Lausanne, Switzerland1,482 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Alcobaça, Batalha, Tomar are the three great monasteries that must be visited if you have any interest in architecture, art, history or simply love beautiful historical monuments. It was nearly 50 years since my last visit but I still had vivid memories of Batalha's magnificent Manueline cloisters. Unfortunately, they are doing some restoration but it was still a great sight. In addtiion, the monastic complex includes the impressive church, many royal tombs and the very unusual Unfinished Chapel with its intricate "doorway".
Written 8 October 2022
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NHjo
Saco, ME12,514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This Gothic monastery is known as one of the most magnificent buildings in Portugal; it was high on our list, that's for sure. Don't miss it, especially if you like history, architecture, stained glass, tombs of royals, intricate carvings, etc. etc.
Written 2 December 2022
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This amazing monastery is listed in UNESCO's World Heritage Site ,
and it took 130 years to built this immense structure . It was partially destroyed the 1755 earthquake , in 1811 it was burned by French troops , and abandoned in 1834 . A few years later , King Ferdinand of Portugal started restorations that lasted until 1907 (almost 70 years !!!) .
While exploring this beautiful site , make sure to bring your cameras along , and do not miss the adjacent "Unfinished Church" .
Written 19 December 2021
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KJBP2017
Porto, Portugal57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We bought a combined entrance ticket with the Alcobaca monastery and Tomar convent, something I would definitely recommend doing. We arrived not too long before they planned to close but the staff were very helpful in showing us which areas of the monastery would close first to help us get the most out of our visit. The whole site is very rich in both history and culture and has been extremely well preserved. The stained glass windows and ceilings are gorgeous!
Written 16 April 2020
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Elsa M
Manchester, UK83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Lovely place! The unfinished chapels is definitely something memorable. And the kings tombs are also of a unique beauty. Worth the visit. We bought the circle ticket (Tomar, Batalha & Alcobaça) for 15€ , all 20 min drive from each other. Giving 4 starts only because we found the site tour/visit signs a bit confusing and staff could be a bit nicer. Also toilets were stinky.
Written 9 June 2022
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Charles Nguyen
Riverside, CA188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We didn’t know about this until our tour guide took us here to a lunch place. We’re glad to have a chance to take some pictures and entered the main church. We didn’t have enough time to see the rest of the unfinished church or tombs. I highly recommend eating lunch here at Dom Duarte at see the monastery at the same time. Kill two birds with one stone. It’s totally worth it!!!
Written 29 December 2022
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Nicole S
Boston, MA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
This was the final stop of our day (early morning was for Tomar, after lunch was Alcobaca and then Batalha). We spent a solid hour and a half here, which included taking lots of pictures and the gift shop. Note there is no audio guide but the self-guided tour from Rick Steves is super helpful. The structure is beautiful and the unfinished chapels were my favorite. There's parking nearby, as well as a few restaurants. Definitely a must-see for anyone visiting Portugal.
Written 24 October 2022
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Maple Leopard
Seattle, WA288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Business
Discover hidden historical gems at this beautiful UNESCO world heritage sight in the Center of Portugal .'

Located just an hour or so from Lisbon - be transported back to the life and times of Henry the Navigator & King Joa'o

I suggest hiring a local guide to show you around - their knowledge & ability to bring the scenes t onlife is extraordinary !!!
Written 18 November 2023
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Bonnie B
Calgary, Canada36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
This is a running monastery to visit. Anything else pales in comparison and if you can only visit one, this should be it. A UNESCO site and such serene beauty. I highly recommend adding this site to,your itinerary.
Written 16 September 2022
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Jeff K
Pittsburgh, PA2,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a very large facility with three separate entrances. The church itself is nice. I found the unfinished chapels to be the most interesting, however. The monastery is skippable IMO - not much to see.

There is a huge, free parking lot in the back of the building. This was greatly appreciated after struggling to find parking at other sights.
Written 20 September 2023
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