Batalha Monastery (Monastery Santa Maria da Vitória) - 2 centuries to build and still unfinished

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Batalha Monastery (Monastery Santa Maria da Vitória) - 2 centuries to build and still unfinished - west side
Batalha Monastery (Monastery Santa Maria da Vitória) - 2 centuries to build and still unfinished - west side
Batalha Monastery (Monastery Santa Maria da Vitória) - 2 centuries to build and still unfinished - An example of the Manueline style; a doorway built in a succession of arches and slender columns that are meticulously decorated

Batalha Monastery (Monastery Santa Maria da Vitória) - 2 centuries to build and still unfinished Reviews

jennethm jennethm
8 reviews
Oct 05, 2007
When you want to see something Portuguese and Gothic architecture, a Portuguese would suggest a visit to the Batalha monastery or Monastery Santa Maria da Vitória. The next word though is "unfinished" eventhough its construction almost spanned 2 centuries (1386-1517), spanning the reign of 7 kings and taking enormous efforts of 15 architects. It was built by order of King John I in gratitude for his glorious victory over the Castilian army in the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, which brought Portugal its independence from Spain. It's being unfinished made the Batalha monastery unique and was added by UNESCO on it's World Heritage sites.

The exterior was made of limestone that has turned yellow orche after the long years. The chapel also shows a good example of the Manueline style which can be seen from its doorway at the west portal that has been built in a succession of arches and slender columns which has been meticulously decorated A part of it called the Chapter House is famous for its amazing vaulted ceiling. Without any central support, it’s one of the most daring examples in European Gothic architecture. According to legend, its architect, Afonso Domingues, slept under it for 3 days just to prove that it would not fall down.
west side
west side
An example of the Manueline style;…
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cruzines says:
The next time you shoul come to the north of Portugal. So different from Lisbon... We wait for you!!!
Posted on: Jan 05, 2008
aoisoba says:
grabe habulin, pahingi ng hair! hahha
Posted on: Dec 28, 2007
jennethm says:
di pede eh.. :( payat and mas maliit sa akin. uy, dati sya nakasalamin, nagpa-LASIK lang. :D pero nagpahiwatig na sya ng interest last month, na if things dont work daw with me and ehem... sana daw i-consider ko sya. :D haba haba na ng hair ko ah.
Posted on: Dec 27, 2007
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