|UNESCO #505 - Monastery of Alcobaça - PORTUGAL|
Friday, June 28, 2013
Monastery of Alcobaça - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #505
On the same trip to Lisbon in which I sent to myself the Batalha Monastery card, I made another detour, this time for passing in Alcobaça and send a postcard of the beautiful monastery (this time with normal colors - sorry Catia, but your card is really strange!). The counting remains but now I have two cards of this beautiful UNESCO site. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
The Monastery of Santa Maria d'Alcobaça, north of Lisbon, was founded in the 12th century by King Afonso Henriques (Alfonso I). Its size, the purity of its architectural style, the beauty of the materials and the care with which it was built make this a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art. The monastery is also an outstanding example of a great Cistercian establishment with a unique infrastructure of hydraulic systems and functional buildings. Deservedly renowned, the 18th-century kitchen adds to the interest of the group of monastic buildings from the medieval period.