Monastery of Alcobaca, Alcobaca

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The first Gothic building and the largest Gothic religious structure in Portugal, Monastery of Alcobaca presents royal rooms, tombs, a blue-tiled kitchen, and colossally high interior spaces. Formed in the 12th century and developed until the 18th century, the monastery was home to generations of monks and is the final resting place to many kings and queens, including Afonso II and Urraca of Castile, Afonso III and Beatrice of Castile, and King Pedro I and his mistress. See the insides of the monastery--rising over 20 m (65 ft)--and visit the 18th-century kitchen, which reveals the Cistercian monks' astonishing mastery of hydraulic engineering. You can take a guided tour at the site. Plan to visit Monastery of Alcobaca and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Alcobaca attractions using our Alcobaca trip itinerary maker website.
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  • This was our 2nd stop after Batalha monastery. Theme was repeated - grand exterior and facade with a threadbare interior. I have the same “gripe” that the macabre love story of Dom Pedro and his... 
    This was our 2nd stop after Batalha monastery. Theme was repeated - grand exterior and facade with a threadbare interior. I have the same “gripe” that the macabre love story of Dom Pedro and his...  more »
  • AN interesting place to look around. We were lucky to have a guide to tell us about the history of it being made by the first king of Portugal. It has gardens inside the cloisters and some of the... 
    AN interesting place to look around. We were lucky to have a guide to tell us about the history of it being made by the first king of Portugal. It has gardens inside the cloisters and some of the...  more »
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  • Most people prefer the monastery of Batalha, personally I prefer this one... Is golden, is sober and simple yet quiet elaborate... It's uniqueness is amazing!
  • Very beautiful and so interesting. But the bathrooms were not very clean and the receptionist saying to my cousin and my husband how can they have a Portuguese citizen card but not speak fluent Portugese, which had nothing to do with gaining entry, not a necessary comment to make twice and made us feel unwelcome.

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