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The Batalha Monastery is one of the most impressive religious buildings of Portugal. This Gothic monastery was commission by King João in gratitude for the decisive victory in the battle of Aljubarrota (1385), and the grand designs took over a hundred years to construct.
The origin of Vila da Batalha derives from the construction of the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, as an ex-voto of a fulfilled commitment, made in the field where the Royal Battle was fought. This is undoubtedly the ex-libris of the village, visited by thousands of tourists throughout the year.
Batalha Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Building started in 1386 and ended circa 1517. Was built to thank the Virgin Mary for the Portuguese victory over the Castilians in the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385.
The order to build the monastery in 1386, to thank the Virgin Mary, came after the victory of the Portuguese over the Castillians in the battle of Aljubarrota. It became a Dominican monastery, the construction of which took about 200 years. It is one of the most beautiful late Gothic buildings with Manueline influences of Portugal.
The monastery of Batalha is another must see for the history fans. The most wise king of Portugal, King João I, illegitimate son of King Pedro I, ordered the construction of the monastery. King João I and his son the “navigator “ prince Henry made Portugal a great Ocean country.About 40Km.