Enter the halls and cloisters of the monastery and discover a world of tranquillity and the crafts of great masons.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Date of Inscription: 1983
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 264:
“The Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was to be the Portuguese monarchy’s main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art, as demonstrated by its masterpiece, the Royal Cloister.”
I visited the monastery in 2013. This is an excerpt from my blog entry:
The monastery in Batalha is large, tall and is set apart from the town almost like a fortress behind a wide moat, the moat actually being open space. The high spires and the rooftop vaults have, in addition to the monumental Gothic style, also large portions of the extravagant Manueline style we had seen in Lisbon.
The church was closed for the day when we arrived in the afternoon, but we managed to spend some time inside upon returning from the north of Portugal. The massive, and to some presumably ugly exterior appearance, gave way to beautiful artwork when we got close to it and entered the cloisters and halls inside the monastery. The church itself looked quite like the one in Alcobaça.