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Alcobaça Monastery

The Santa Maria de Alcobaça Monastery, also known as Royal Abbey of Saint Mary of Alcobaça, is one of the Portuguese architecture and historical master-pieces, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage, considered to be one of the most important Cistercians Abbeys in Europe.
Donated by the first Portuguese king, D. Afonso Henriques, to Bernard of Clairvaux, the Abbey’s construction works started back in 1178. It consists on the first Gothic work built in Portuguese soil. Its general plan is perfectly introduced in the rigor, austerity and purity of the building forms in the Saint Bernard style, which was devoted to pray, penitence, renunciation to the material goods and manual work, in constant community and in the most absolute silence.
The Monastery is composed by the Church with a latin cross plan, and three cloisters with two floors. Recently the existence of a fourth cloister was discovered, a structure that was probably destroyed with the big earthquake in 1755.
Also quite interesting is the Ambulatory, the Chapter House, the Sacristy, the Reliquary Chapel, the Dormitory, the Monks Room, the Refectory, the Old and the New Kitchens, the tombs of kings D. Afonso II (1185-1123) and D. Afonso III (1210-1279) and the very famous tombs of D. Pedro and D. Inês de Castro, in what is considered to be one of the most tragic and romantic love histories of Portugal.

http://www.guiadacidade.pt

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Nikon D40X
2009/10/31 19:23:34
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