We stayed for a few nights in Ourem and took some day trips exploring Central Portugal. Today's blog is all about two monasteries that we visited.
The Monastery of Batalha is translated as the Monastery of the Battle. It is a Dominican convent and was erected in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Alijubarrota. The Monastery is one of the best and original examples of late gothic architecture.
This convent took over a century to build, starting in 1386 and ending in 1517, spanning the reign of seven kings. After the Dominicans were expelled from the complex in 1834, the church and convent were abandoned and left to fall into ruins. Fortunately, in 1840, King Ferdinand II of Portugal started a restoration program which lasted until the early years of the 20th century.
The complex was declared a national monument in 1907 and in 1980 the monastery was turned into a museum which is very popular with the tourists. The Batalha convent was added in 1983 to its list of World Heritage sites.
The Royal Cloister was not part of the original project. It was built between 1448 and 1477.
We spent quite a lot of time wandering through the gardens and interior of the convent.
There were so many different views of the buildings. The details of the buildings were amazing.
With the sunlight coming through the stained glass windows, there were some wonderful colours inside the church.
Street photography in the town of Alcobaca.
The Alcobaca Monastery in a Mediaeval Roman Catholic monastery located in the town of Alcobaca. The church and monastery were the first gothic buildings in Portugal and was one of the most important monasteries in Portugal.
The monastery was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1989. The monastery was founded in 1153 (construction started in 1178) as a gift to Bernard of Clairvaux, shortly before his death, from the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques. The gift was given to commemorate Barnard's victory over the Moors at Santarem in March 1147. Initially the monks lived in wooden houses before moving to the new stone buildings in 1223.
There were really interesting shapes and colours inside.
With the person in the background you can get an idea of the height of the walls.
A stairway inside.