Travel from Coimbra with a private guide on this tour to the Monastery of Batalha to explore the history of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Learn about the lengthy construction of the monastery complex and its numerous restorations and additions.
What to Expect
Your 4-hour tour begins with a pick-up at your hotel and then an hour’s drive to the Monastery of Batalha. You’ll travel with a private guide, who speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Construction on the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória (better known as the Batalha Monastery) began in 1386 by the order of King John I of Portugal in gratitude to the Virgin Mary for the victory of the Battle of Aljubarrota.
This Dominican monastery was built over a span of 2 centuries. It Is an example of the Manueline style and is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Initially the plan for the Batalha Monastery was for a church, a cloister, and the typical monastic dependencies, such as the Hall of the Chapter, the Sacristy, the Refectory and the Attachments. This model resembles, in terms of internal organization, the great Monastery of Alcobaça.
The Chapel of the Founder or Funeral Chapel was added to this initial project plan by King Duarte. The lower cloister and its adjacent premises were the initiative of King Afonso V as King John II became disinterested in the building.
In the 19th-century the monastery was restored under the direction of Louis Mouzinho de Albuquerque. During this restoration, the monastery underwent profound changes, as it was turned into a glorious symbol of the Avis Dynasty.
- Exclusive, comfortable, and safe transportation
- Private guide (Portuguese, English, and Spanish speaking)
- Personal accident insurance
- Free time to explore each location
Know Before You Go
For your convenience, the guide will pick you and drop you off at your Coimbra hotel, the train station, or the tourist office.