Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça
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Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça Alcobaca Reviews
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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.
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One of the most magnificent gothic monuments in Portugal Sep 09, 2010
The Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça is known as one of the most magnificent gothic monuments in Portugal and has become an important tourist attraction.
The church and adjacent monastery are stunning and there are many fascinating rooms that can be visited, like the Room of the Kings, the Dormitory of the monks, the Refectory where the monks ate, the Kitchen and the Cloister of Silence. Most special is the Sacristy though.
If you get your entrance ticket, tell the receptionist you also want to visit the Sacristy. The entrance to this room is not being advertised and costs 2 euro a person extra. This is because the priests still use this area before mass and want to keep it as quiet as possible. With this extra ticket they will open up the room especially for you and give you a short private tour.
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