A Monument raised to perpetuate the memory of the battle of Aljubarrota. It was built at the end of the 14th century with patronage from King João I, The Dominican Monastery of Batalha is the most significant testimony to the Portuguese Gothic style. This vast complex, which is also a royal pantheon, is an excellent example of the evolution of medieval architecture up to the 16th century, from the innovative experience of the late Gothic to the Manueline decorative exuberance.
Located at the centre of the town of Batalha, the monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory, also known as Monastery of Batalha, was built in fulfilment of a vow made by King D. João I in gratitude for his victory at the battle of Aljubarrota on 14 August 1385. This conquest would grant him the throne and the independence of Portugal.Works proceeded for 150 years as the monastery went through different stages of construction. This is the reason why predominantly Gothic Manueline solutions coexist with Renaissance influences. The initial project was considerably changed so as to evolve into a vast monastic complex including one church, two cloisters with annexes and two royal pantheons, the Founder’s Chapel and the Imperfect Chapels. King D. João I donated the monastery to the Order of St. Dominic thanks to the good offices of Doctor João das Regras, the King’s councillor and Brother Lourenço Lampreia, his confessor. Having belonged to the Dominicans until the extinction of religious orders in 1834, the monument became then part of the Public Treasure. Today it is under the responsibility of the DGPC being a cultural, tourist and devotional space. The Monastery was designated National Monument and is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1983.
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- Governing body:
- Joaquim Ruivo
- Largo Infante D. Henrique 2440-109 Batalha
- Lat: 39.65893812384431 Long: -8.8252454996109
- +351 244 765 497
How to get there: A8 Lisboa/Leiria; A1 Lisboa/Porto - saída Fátima/Batalha; A19 Leiria / Batalha; IC2 Lisboa/Porto - saída Batalha; IC9 Tomar/Nazaré - saída Batalha; Autocarros interurbanos (Largo 14 de Agosto).
Parking facilities: Parking facilities: there is free car parking both to the North and South of the monastery. Buses should park to the South of the monument (private parking) or East (next to the multi-use pavilion).
Accessibility: People with reduced mobility have access to al areas with a wheel chair.
October to March - From 9 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (last entry at 5:30 p.m.) April to September - From 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (last entry at 6:00 p.m.). It closes on 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December.
Standard ticket: 10 €
Payment methods: cash, Visa, ATM card
DGPC online tickets - buy here
The entrance is free in National Museums and Monuments at sundays and holidays for residents in Portugal.
Guided and animated tours require advance booking
Tel.: +351 244 765 497, or online form
Visits for pre-school and primary schools will be conducted by the Education Service. From the second cycle onwards (5th grade), students will be accompanied by their teachers, who will make self-guided tours to the Monastery. The following information can be downloaded:
For further information, please visit the Monastery’s website.
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