|UNESCO #264 - Monastery of Batalha - PORTUGAL|
Monday, June 24, 2013
Monastery of Batalha - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #264
On my way to Lisbon I made a small detour and passed by Batalha to buy some postcards and I've sent this one to myself - a beautiful vintage photo that reminds me the days I used to go there with my parents (it was one of the favorite places of my late father). The counting remains the same. This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
The Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was to be the Portuguese monarchy's main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by Manueline art, as demonstrated by its masterpiece, the Royal Cloister.