Monastery of Alcobaça
The Monastery of Alcobaça was one of the first Cistercian foundations in Portugal. It became the main centre of this religious order, as a result of a continuous policy of royal protection begun by King Afonso Henriques. The Monastery’s extant medieval structures are unique in the world. Besides, its later additions, dating from the 16th through to the 18th centuries, bear an important testimony to the evolution of Portuguese architecture.
Foundation of the Abbey of Saint Mary of Alcobaça and its donation charter date from 8 April 1153. The Cistercian land was therefore delimited by then. On the contrary, the borders of the Kingdom of Portugal advanced south towards the Tagus River following the conquest of the towns of Santarém and Lisbon in 1147. This move called for a quick and efficient human settlement so that the Christian expansion would proceed southwards. Militia from the Order of the Temple protected the lands held in demesne from Moorish invasions. The focal point for this dynamics was the abbey, its construction having begun in 1178. This date has an important “strategic” meaning as four years later Saint Bernard was canonised. It was certainly one of the first abbeys of this Order to be built with this intention in mind. The importance of the Monastery of Alcobaça increased accordingly in cultural, religious and ideological terms. The more limpid and austere its architecture, the more obvious its monumentality became. It was surely the first example of Gothic architecture in Portugal: a model that would only be reproduced much later as it was originally an isolated white jewel against a vast landscape. The Monastery is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
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- Governing body:
- Ana Fátima Pagará
- Mosteiro de Alcobaça, 2460 - 018 Alcobaça
- Lat: 39.54821543268398 Long: -8.979928493499756
- +351 262 505 120
How to get there: De Lisboa ou Leiria – A8 até à saída Alcobaça/Nazaré/Valado dos Frades, depois EN 8-5 em direção a Alcobaça. Alternativa A1, saída Leiria, por Norte ou Aveiras por Sul, depois IC2
Urban Bus: Expresso
Parking facilities: Parking facilities: free parking is available for cars and buses in the monument's own car park.
Accessibility: There is accessibility for persons with reduced mobility on the ground floor through the Monk’s Hall, D. Dinis Cloister, Chapter House, Refectory, Kitchen and Church. This service is available on request (at the reception), or by advance reservation.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 5:30 p.m.)
The ticket office closes 30 minutes before the monument closes.
It closes on 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 20th august, 24 and 25 December.
Coordinator: Cecília Gil
Technical assistants: Ana Filipa Delgado and Filipa Miguel
Tel.: + 351 262 505120
There are daily guided visits for national students
For further information, please visit the Monastery’s website
Access: A1 or A8 motorway; by Express bus.
FAQs (frequently asked questions)
Presentations/ Book releasesApresentação do livro "A tumulária Medieval - Abadia de Alcobaça", de Maria Augusta Pablo Trindade Ferreira
Music26.º Cistermúsica - Festival de Música de Alcobaça
ExhibitionsExposição 'Os Túmulos de D. Dinis e do Infante' | Um Novo Olhar
Visitas GuiadasVisitas orientadas aos "Túmulos de D. Dinis e do Infante" e à "Alegoria da Sala dos Reis"
Presentations/ Book releasesApresentação de dois livros da coleção Estudos Monásticos Alcobacences
Music23ª Semana Internacional do Acordeão Alcobaça 2019
Music27º Edição do Festival CISTERMÚSICA
Atividades - Serviços EducativosFim-de-semana em Família no Mosteiro de Alcobaça
ExhibitionsArqueologia em Portugal: recuperar o passado em 2017 Evento de divulgação científica
ExhibitionsXXI Mostra de Doces & Licores Conventuais 2019
Visitas GuiadasVisite o Mosteiro de Alcobaça a partir de casa
Visitas GuiadasComemoração do Dia da Água | Caminhada à beira de água. O antigo sistema hidráulico da Abadia de Alcobaça por Virgolino Ferreira Jorge
Presentations/ Book releasesReabertura dos museus monumentos e palácios nacionais Esperamos por si! Visite-nos!
Presentations/ Book releasesConvite à Leitura | Livro para crianças Imagina um Tesouro
ShowsFestival Cistermúsica 2020
ShowsGRAVÍSSIMO - 10.º Festival e Academia Internacional de Metais Graves de Alcobaça 2020
Chávenas de caféCoffee cup and saucer "Um Arquitecto/ Um Monumento"- Mosteiro de Alcobaça
BrincosEarrings "Asas de anjo" - Mosteiro de Alcobaça
ColaresNecklace "Angel's wings"- Mosteiro de Alcobaça
PublicationsRatio Fecit Diversum. Essais sur l'Abbaye d'Alcobaça
PublicationsRATIO FECIT DIVERSUM. ENSAIOS S/ABADIA ALCOBAÇA
PublicationsÀ MESA NAS TERRAS DE ALCOBAÇA EM FINAIS IDADE MÉDIA
PublicationsO Scriptorium de Alcobaça: o longo percurso do livro português
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