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Mosteiro de Alcobaça

site by UNESCO. Its construction started in 1178 by the Cistercian monks.


D. Afonso Henriques, first king of Portugal, donated much land in Alcobaça region to St. Bernard, in fulfillment of the promise made in 1147, when the conquest of Santarém.

The letter of donation was signed by D. Afonso Henriques in the following year, 1153.


The first monks of Alcobaça, white monks, had a remarkable civilizing action: in 1269 opened the first public school, performed assistance actions and charity through botica, pharmacy and almsgiving.

The monastery is composed of a church next to the sacristy, in the north there are three consecutive cloisters, each one is circled with two floors. The Cloisters, including the oldest, possess two floors.

The buildings around the latest cloisters have three floors.

The complete building has a construction area of 27,000 m² and a total construction area of 40,000 m². The main facade of the monastery, the church and the north and south wing has a width of 221 m, and the north side about 250 m.

Between 1178 and 1240, the church and the first cloister were built in the pre-Gothic style and the church was inaugurated in 1252 - is the first fully Gothic work built on Portuguese soil. The buildings on the south were probably built in the fourteenth century. In the last third of the sixteenth century began the construction of Levada Cloister that was connected to the north medieval cloister. Finally, between the seventeenth century and the mid-eighteenth century was built the Cloister Library (or Rachadoiro).

The church is composed of a nave, two aisles, and a transept, creating the image of a cross - The Latin cross.

This church is one of the largest Cistercian abbeys.

The main facade of the Monastery to the west was changed between 1702 and 1725 with Baroque elements. Since then, the church facade is flanked toward the square, by wards of two floors with a length of 100 meters each.


The church itself has acquired two Baroque bell towers and has a front of 43 meters, ornamented by several figurines. The entrance stairway, with its Baroque decorations it's also from that time. From the old facade remained the Gothic portal and the rosacea.


On the west side and near by the kitchen is the Refectory, the dining room of the white monks. The Refectory is consisted of a pavilion with three naves.

The dormitory, which is located on the first floor, is presented in its original medieval form.

The tombs belong to one of the largest tomb sculptures of the Middle Ages. When he ascended to the throne, D. Pedro I had commanded the construction of these tombs, to be buried his great love, Inês de Castro, who had been cruelly murdered by the father of D. Pedro I, King Afonso IV (1291-1357).

they could see each other immediately. On August 1, 1569, King Sebastian I (1554-1578), whose uncle was Cardinal D. Henrique, abbot of Alcobaça, ordered to open the tombs. According to the reports of two monks present while the tombs were opened, the king recited texts depicting the love of Pedro and Inês de Castro.


Now, the tombs are the destination of many lovers, who often visit them on their wedding day, to make vows of eternal love and fidelity.


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The Monastery of Santa Maria de Alcobaça, also known as Royal Abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça or more simply as the Monastery of Alcobaça is the first fully Gothic work built on Portuguese soil. It's classified as World Heritage

D.Pedro and Inês de Castro

The tombs of King Pedro I (1320-1367), with the nickname The Cruel or also The Fair, and Inês de Castro (1320-1355), which are on either side of the transept, still assign a great significance and splendor to the church.

The scenes depicted in the tombs, illustrates scenes of Portugal history, which are from biblical origin or simply from fables.

D. Pedro I searched the responsibles for the death of his beloved, chasing them and judging them.

In defense of her memory, honored Inês de Castro as queen of Portugal.

In 1361 when the sarcophaguses were ready, D. Pedro I had put them in the southern part of the Alcobaça church transept and relocate the remains of Inês de Castro, from Coimbra to Alcobaça, under the eyes of most of the nobility and population. In his will, D. Pedro I determined to be buried in another sarcophagus, to when the couple rised again, on the Judgment Day,

We will visit the Monastery of Alcobaça. Come with us to visit this magnificent monument a 70 minute away of Coimbra. Exclusive transport with private guide in english, portuguese and spanish.

(Duration: Approximately 5 hours)

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