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Alcobaça Monastery

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Alcobaça Monastery
Location Rua 25 de Abril
2460-018 ALCOBAÇA
District:Leiria
County :Alcobaça
Parish:Alcobaça
Contacts Tel:262505120
Fax:262505130
Email:mosteiro.alcobaca@igespar.pt

This monastery was founded in 1178 by the Order of the Cistercians, as a donation vow made by King D. Afonso Henriques when Santarém was conquered to the Arabs. The abbey is one of the most important Medieval Cistercian temples, standing out as the first fully Gothic work in Portugal. The monumental façade presents a varied range of styles: Romanic, Gothic and Baroque. The portico is surrounded by the sculptures of Saint Bernard and Saint Benedict, while the four statues placed in the balcony beneath the rose window represent the virtues of Strength, Prudence, Justice and Temperance. The austerity of Saint Bernard rules in the interior of the monastery, namely in the three naves with no ornaments. The decorated capitals of the oldest cloister, sponsored by King D. Dinis, deeply contrast with the ruling sobriety. The Tombs’ Room is worth highlighting, since this was the first neo-Gothic experience in the country. The bodies of D. Pedro and D. Inês rest in the most precious tombs of Medieval tomb-making art. Your attention should also be drawn to the refectory in Gothic-Manueline style and the tile-covered kitchen, where friars have tasted fabulous recipes, such as egg pudding or partridge in a clay pot (“púcara”). According to Royal chronicles, whole oxen were roasted in this kitchen. Classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Responsable: Câmara Municipal de Alcobaça

Visiting times: October March from 09.00 - 17.00 Abril a Setembro das 09.00 - 19.00

Year of construction: XII Century

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MORE INFORMATION

Responsable: Câmara Municipal de Alcobaça

Visiting times: October March from 09.00 - 17.00 Abril a Setembro das 09.00 - 19.00

Year of construction: XII Century

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

Localização Rua 25 de Abril
2460-018 ALCOBAÇA
Distrito:Leiria
County:Alcobaça
Parish:Alcobaça
Contactos Tel:262505120
Fax:262505130
Email:mosteiro.alcobaca@igespar.pt
www.mosteiroalcobaca.pt

If any of the information is incorrect, please send an email to lifecooler office

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