Saturday, August 19, 2006

Monastery of Batalha #1


Here you have the first of a series collected at Monastery of Batalha.

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Santa Maria da Vitória na Batalha is a Dominican monastery in the Portuguese town of Batalha, in the Distric of Leiria, Portugal, that was built to thank the Virgin Mary for the Portuguese victory over the Castilians in the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, fulfilling a promise of King D. João I. The battle put an end to the 1383-1385 crisis.The monastery took two centuries to build, started in 1388 by Afonso Domingues and succeeded by David Huguet in 1402, and several Kings of Portugal wanted to leave their mark on this construction built in pale stone. As Capelas Imperfeitas (The Imperfect Chapels) remain as a testimony of the fact that the monastery was never actually finished.

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