Batalha Monastery

Work began on the Batalha Monastery in the late fourteenth century, and wasn't finished until the early sixteenth century. Taking around 130 years to complete, its construction spanned the reign of seven kings. Visit at the right time of day and the sun pours in through high valted ceilings and stained glass windows to drench the floor in colour. In the centre you'll see the tombs of Dom Joao and his wife, Queen Phillipa of Lancaster.
Located in the Leiria district in Portugal, it was built to thank the Virgin Mary for the battle won by King John I in 1385. The Batalha Monastery is one of the best and original examples of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal, intermingled with the Manueline style.

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