Holidays in Batalha Monastery

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Batalha Monastery showing heritage architecture

Discover why this sprawling historic building is considered to be one of the most spectacular examples of Gothic architecture in Portugal.

Pass beneath the grand archways and high ceilings of the splendid Batalha Monastery and imagine you have been transported hundreds of years back in time. This remarkable building has made the small town of Batalha a must-visit destination for many tourists.

The monastery is not only an architectural wonder, but also an important relic of Portuguese history. Learn about the fascinating story behind its construction from the leaflets and plaques provided to help you understand the building. Inside, visit the tomb of King Joã I, the Portuguese monarch who ordered the building of the monastery to celebrate his triumph against the Castilians in the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. Legend has it that his prayers to the Virgin Mary helped him win this battle he seemed sure to lose. He dedicated this grand monastery to her in gratitude.

Take photos of the beautiful building’s exterior from far away and close up. From a distance the monastery’s sheer size and magnificent spires make for wonderful pictures. Look more closely and see the many breathtaking examples of stone carving and ironwork that are works of art in themselves. Positioned all around the walls are statues of saints; see how many you can count.

Walk through the monastery’s grand entrance to discover the beauty of the interior. See some of the building’s most impressive stonework in the Royal Cloister, which is full of intricate carvings. Visit the Chapel of the Founders to pay your respects to King Joã I in his final resting place. Several other historical figures are also buried in the monastery, including his wife, Philippa of Lancaster, who shares a tomb with him. Visit the section of the monastery that serves as a war memorial to see more recent tombs, belonging to 20th-century Portuguese soldiers.

Drive to Batalha Monastery from Lisbon in roughly 1.5 hours. Without a car it takes a little longer, so stay overnight in one of the nearby scenic coastal towns, such as Fátima, Alcobaça or Nazaré. It is worth paying the entrance fee to view the building’s remarkable interior.

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347 Cheap Hotels Near Batalha Monastery

Casa do Outeiro - Arts and Crafts Boutique Hotel
Casa do Outeiro - Arts and Crafts Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Largo Carvalho do Outeiro, 4, Batalha
The price is AU$124 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
This family-friendly Batalha hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Batalha Monastery and Battle of Aljubarrota Interpretation Centre. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (177 reviews)
"Perfect location yet very quiet area. Very clean, very nice breakfast spread. The staff is extremely friendly and attentive to guest’s needs. The only minor set back was the bed, not very comfortable. I definitely recommend this property."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Casa do Outeiro - Arts and Crafts Boutique Hotel
Hotel Lis Batalha Mestre Afonso Domingues
Hotel Lis Batalha Mestre Afonso Domingues
4 out of 5
Largo Mestre Afonso Domingues, 6, Batalha
The price is AU$137 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Located in the heart of Batalha, this hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Batalha Monastery, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Leiria Cathedral and Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa Stadium. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (254 reviews)
"Great location! Beautiful view of the majestic monastery. Wish I could have gotten a room on the monastery side."

Reviewed on 16 Dec. 2021

Hotel Lis Batalha Mestre Afonso Domingues
Villa Batalha
Villa Batalha
4 out of 5
Rua Dom Duarte I, 248, Batalha
The price is AU$142 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Lena Garden and 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Batalha Monastery. Sao Jorge Chapel and Battle ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (143 reviews)
"Ideal hotel to relax and spend some time with the family. Very friendly staff, good spa facilities, great service and food at the restaurant. My 5 year old loved everything and wants to go back!"

Reviewed on 15 Nov. 2021

Villa Batalha
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Monte do Mosteiro CountryHouse
Monte do Mosteiro CountryHouse
3 out of 5
Rua dos Emigrantes 43, Batalha
The price is AU$91 per night from 26 Jan. to 27 Jan.
Monte do Mosteiro CountryHouse
Hotel Lis Batalha Mestre Afonso Domingues
Hotel Lis Batalha Mestre Afonso Domingues
4 out of 5
Largo Mestre Afonso Domingues, 6, Batalha
The price is AU$137 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Hotel Lis Batalha Mestre Afonso Domingues
Villa Batalha
Villa Batalha
4 out of 5
Rua Dom Duarte I, 248, Batalha
The price is AU$142 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Villa Batalha
Casa do Outeiro - Arts and Crafts Boutique Hotel
Casa do Outeiro - Arts and Crafts Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Largo Carvalho do Outeiro, 4, Batalha
The price is AU$124 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Casa do Outeiro - Arts and Crafts Boutique Hotel
Hotel Batalha
Hotel Batalha
2 out of 5
Largo da Misericórdia No. 29, Batalha
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Casa Do Outeiro
Casa Do Outeiro
3 out of 5
Casa Do Outeiro
Casa da Lena
Casa da Lena
3 out of 5
Estr. da Saudade 28, Batalha, Leiria
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Monte do Mosteiro Countryhouse Exclusivo
Monte do Mosteiro Countryhouse Exclusivo
Monte do Mosteiro Countryhouse Exclusivo
Casa Ceedina B&B & Beauty
Casa Ceedina B&B & Beauty
3 out of 5
Rua Do Malta 3, Batalha
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