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Batalha is a town near Leiria. It is famous for its XIV century monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Mosteiro da Batalha (general view)

In 1385, the Aljubarrota battle would end the ongoing war for Portugal's crown in favour of portuguese born Mestre de Avis, soon to be D. João I. In appreciation to the Virgin Mary having answered his prayers, the winner had a monastery erected near the location of the the battle. The settlement that was created to support the building of the monastery developed into the current town of Batalha.

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Batalha is connected to larger cities by Rede Expressos [2]. The nearest cities, Leiria and Fátima, are connected through Rodoviária do Tejo [3].

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Mosteiro da Batalha (interior)
Mosteiro da Batalha Tombs of unknown soldiers
Mosteiro da Batalha Unfinished Chapels
  • Mosteiro da Batalha - It took over a century to build (1386-ca.1517). Worth a visite its interior, including the so-called "Unfinished Chapels".
  • Ponte da Boutaca
  • Museum [4]
  • Caves [5]

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The farmers market takes place every Monday morning, 7h to 13h, near the swimming pool.

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  • Rooms at Gladius cafe, Praça Mousinho de Albuquerque, 7, [1]. Awesome find on a cold November night. Very cozy and pretty rooms. 30euro in a town where it seems only 3-4 star hotels at euro 45+  edit


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  • Fátima – the worldwide famous city of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Visit the great Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima.

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