Batalha and Alcobaça, Monasteries of Portugal and UNESCO heritage
Very near to each other, we find two important UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha were the scene of remarkable episodes that tell the history of Portugal from its foundation and cover the most majestic architectural and artistic styles, now revealed and explained by a local guide who will be your company in this four-hour tour.
Monastery of Alcobaça, domain of Cister
Founded in 1178 by the Order of Cîteaux, whose knowledge and development has always been linked to these lands, there are many historical and artistic aspects that we will discover throughout the visit to the Monastery.
We highlight the most beautiful, and tragic Portuguese love story, the story of D. Pedro and D. Inês, both buried in two sumptuous tombs that deserve an attentive look.
The perfect combination
At the Order of Cister we thank the Monastery of Alcobaça and the fertile lands that taught us to sow and to collect what the best of nature gives us – the recognized fruits and vegetables of the Silver Coast Portugal, such as apple or rock pear. But, in a true sin of gluttony, they also left us the conventual pastry and the famous sour cherry liquor of Alcobaça. Who will join us in a delicious taste of such delicacies, right next to the Monastery?
Monastery of Batalha, a flaming victory
We continued our journey to the site of the Portuguese victory over the Castilians, which would have dictated the continuity of independence, celebrated in 1385 with the construction of the Monastery of Batalha, a flaming hymn to Portuguese Gothic art, and later a testimony of the singular Manueline art.
We emphasize the Imperfect Chapels, that are only imperfect by name because of their impressive beauty. The immense stained-glass windows of the Church, the first to be seen in Portugal by the hands of German craftsmen, are also unmissable.