Batalha Abbey (Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória)
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Batalha is located 11 kilometres (17 miles) south of Leiria and 140 kilometres (86 miles) north of Sintra. The town is famous for its impressive Batalha Monastery, also known as the Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória. This Gothic masterpiece is one of Europe's top attractions and is a popular destination for visitors from Lisbon and Sintra. Welcome to MADABOUTSINTRA.COM, your go-to guide for making the most of your experience. We provide essential recommendations on nearby attractions, including advice on accommodation and dining options. You can book hotels with confidence, thanks to our free cancellation options. We also offer travel tips and organised tours to ensure a hassle-free visit.


Batalha Monastery (Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória) Skip The Line Ticket


With this entrance ticket you can gain entry to the Batalha Monastery (Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória) at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone…

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October to March, Daily: 09h00 - 18h00
(last admission at 17h30)
April to October, Daily: 09h00 - 18h30
(last admission at 18h00)

Adult: €6.00, Combined Ticket: Alcobaça, Batalha, Convento de Cristo: €15.00, Concessionary: €3.00, Child under 12: FREE, First Sunday of each month: FREE.
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Largo Infante Dom Henrique, 2440 Batalha, Portugal.
39° 39' 34.7"N | 08° 49' 30.5"W
+351 244 765 497 |  Website

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Batalha Abbey (Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória)

Batalha Main Façade

Batalha Abbey (Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória)

Royal Cloister (Claustro Real)

Did you know that "Batalha" means "Battle" in Portuguese? This name comes from the Battle of Aljubarrota, a significant event in Portuguese history when the Castilians were defeated in 1385. Before the battle, Dom João I made a holy promise to the Virgin Mary, vowing to build a mighty Cathedral if victorious.

After the death of King Ferdinand I of Portugal in 1383, a dispute arose over the succession of the Portuguese crown since he had no male heirs. This led to a civil war in which Castile became involved. In 1386, a skilled group of English longbow archers played a crucial part in the triumph at Aljubarrota. As a result, both nations willingly agreed to sign the Treaty of Windsor, forming an enduring and genuine friendship. As per the agreement, Dom João got married to Philippa, the daughter of John of Gaunt. You can see a reference to the pivotal battle in the form of an equestrian statue of Nuno Alvares Pereira, the king's commander at the battle, situated in front of the southern facade.

The Monastery's construction started in 1386 and took over a century, spanning seven monarchs' reigns. It reflects the architectural styles of that era, including Rayonnant Gothic and Manueline, and was influenced by fifteen different architects. The master architect Afonso Domingues created the initial plans for the site, and his work is evident throughout, including the Claustro Real cloister and the Sala do Capítulo (Chapterhouse). Domingues worked on the plans until 1402. There are influences of English Gothic in the plans, in possible recognition of the English troops who fought at Aljubarrota.

Domingues was followed by Huguet from 1402 to 1438, who added a more flamboyant style typical of the late Gothic period. This is most evident in the main façade, the dome of the square chapter house, the Founder's Chapel, the basic structure of the Imperfect Chapels and the north and east naves of the main cloister.

Between 1448 and 1477 the task of building the Monastery fell to Fernão de Évora, who added the Cloister of Afonso V. His successor, Mateus Fernandes the Elder, added most of the Manueline flourishes around the portals and windows, most notably in the Capelas Imperfeitas. The enormous effort of building Batalha Monastery finally ended in the mid-sixteenth century when João III decided to put all his efforts into the construction of the magnificent Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, Lisbon.

During the period of construction, it was the burial site of the Aviz dynasty of Portuguese royals. The monastery survived the 1755 earthquake unscathed, only to be sacked and burned by invading Napoleonic forces in 1810. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1834, the Dominicans were expelled. The church and convent were abandoned. After four years of neglect, King Ferdinand II had the foresight to restore the complex, a process lasting 60 years. Batalha Abbey was declared a national monument in 1907. In 1983 it was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites.


The abbey contains numerous decorative elements, such as the fleur-de-lis patterns carved into the balustrades, the crockets on the pinnacles and the incredible craftsmanship bordering the portals and windows. The vertical elements like pilasters, gothic arched windows, and others create an illusion of the structure ascending towards heaven.

Gain entrance through the west façade and stop to admire the carvings that adorn this portal. Flanking the entrance are sculptures of the twelve apostles, all with unique features. Once you step inside the archway, you'll see sculptures of biblical figures playing musical instruments from the Middle Ages. In the apex of the arch in high relief is a statue of Christ in Majesty accompanied by the Evangelists.

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Batalha Abbey (Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória) - Aerial Shot

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Founders' Chapel (Capela do Fundador)


Founders' Chapel (Capela do Fundador)

If you turn right as you enter the church, you’ll encounter the Capela do Fundador or the Founder’s Chapel. This room is where the English Perpendicular style makes its most prominent appearance. Most likely it is the work of the English architect Master Huguet. The chapel’s floor plan is composed of an octagonal space buttressed by eight piers inside a square. It served as the first royal pantheon. The ceiling consists of an eight-point star-shaped lantern above the enormous joint tomb of King João I of Portugal (d.1433) and his wife Philippa of Lancaster (d.1415). Their effigys are holding hands, a symbol of love and the close alliance between Portugal and England. Outside the octagon, on the southern walls of the ambulatory, are recessed arches containing the tombs of the youngest sons of João and Phillipa together with their spouses.

Main Church


Main Church

When Huguet inherited the building of Batalha from Afonso Domingues, he raised the nave to its present dizzying height of 32.4 metres. In keeping with the Gothic style, the central nave, the longest in Portugal, is narrow, and the ceiling is rib-vaulted, supported by compound piers. Light pours through ten stained-glass windows, possibly the first in Portugal, the oldest of which date back to the 1430s.

The two side naves are narrower and lower than the central nave. They lead to the transept, at the centre of the crossing, where a modern high altar sits before the chancel proper. The chancel consists of five polygonal chapels. The central chapel is taller and deeper than the four side chapels. In contrast to the rest of Batalha, the church feels more austere but no less impressive.

Royal Cloister (Claustro Real)


Royal Cloister (Claustro Real)

The Royal Cloisters date from the late 1380s and were constructed in the Gothic style. Manueline embellishments were added a century later. Typical Manueline motifs, such as plants and flowers from the newly discovered lands and seafaring symbols carved in every arch, illustrate the variety and excitement of Portuguese art during the Age of Discovery. Supporting intricate arcade screens within the arches are spiral colonnettes adorned with emblems of D. Manuel I, the Cross of the Order of Christ and the armillary sphere.

One feature worthy of close inspection is the Lavabo (Lavatório), or washbasin, located in the northwestern corner of the Claustro Real. It takes the form of a triple-bowl fountain created by Mateus Fernandes.

Chapter House (Sala do Capitulo)


Chapter House (Sala do Capitulo)

The impressive Chapterhouse (Portuguese: Sala do Capitulo) off-shoots the Royal Cloisters. It boasts a magnificent star-vaulted ceiling spanning an incredible 18 square metres and rises 20m (60ft) without any central supports. During the time of construction, it was considered a radical design. Following two initial ceiling collapses only condemned prisoners were employed as construction labourers. To prove the integrity of the completed ceiling its designer Afonso Domingues spent the night camping in the Chapterhouse once the scaffolding was removed. On one wall is a marvellous stained glass window dating back to 1508 depicting scenes from the Passion.

Inside this colossal space, two Portuguese sentinels guard the tombs of the Unknown Warriors, one killed in France during the Great War and the other in Portugal's colonial wars in Africa. More information about these men can be found on the opposite side of the cloister, where the refectory houses a military museum in their honour.

Unfinished Chapels (Capelas Imperfeitas)


Unfinished Chapels (Capelas Imperfeitas)

Adjoining the church's choir, but only accessible from outside the main complex, is the octagonal structure known as the Unfinished Chapels or Capelas Imperfeitas. Dom Duarte, the eldest son and successor of João and Philippa, commissioned them in 1437 as a royal mausoleum for himself and his descendants. However, only he and his wife, Eleanor of Aragon, are buried here. Huguet originally built the structure and successive architects made alterations.

Most notable of whom was Mateus Fernandes who applied his mastery of the Manueline style to alter the space beyond recognition. Fernandes' main portal rises a staggering fifteen metres, intricately carved with a honeycomb of mouldings: floral projections, linked chains, clover-shaped arches, strange vegetables and even crawling stone snails. The upper floor of the rotunda is equally magnificent. It was designed by Diogo de Boitaca. The huge buttresses are ornately decorated and initially intended to support a vaulted ceiling, yet construction was abandoned a few years later in 1533.

Afonso V Cloisters


Afonso V Cloisters

Compared to the exuberant style of the Royal Cloister (Claustro Real), the Afonso V Cloister appears somewhat austere. Unlike the former it never received additional embellishment and retains its original gothic form. It was constructed in the latter half of the 15th Century by master builder Fernão de Évora and was one of the first Cloisters in Portugal to be built on two levels. The keystones in the vault carry the coat of arms of Dom Duarte I and Afonso V.

October to March, Daily: 09h00 - 18h00
April to October, Daily: 09h00 - 18h30

Adult: €6.00, Combined Ticket: Alcobaça, Batalha, Convento de Cristo: €15.00, Concessionary: €3.00, Child under 12: FREE, First Sunday of each month: FREE.
Lisbon Card Lisbon Card: FREE
Largo Infante Dom Henrique, 2440 Batalha, Portugal. | 39° 39' 34.7"N | 08° 49' 30.5"W
+351 244 765 497 |  Website

Batalha Abbey (Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória) - Lavabo

Fountain (Lavabo)


There are plenty of various types of eateries in close proximity of the Abbey.

There are toilets in the abbey in various places.

There is free car parking both to the North and South of the monastery. Buses should park to the South of the monument (private parking) or East (next to the multi-use pavilion).

The building is fully accessible for those with reduced mobility and wheelchairs and an escort is available, if required.


This little town is only on the tourist map because of its magnificent internationally famous Dominican abbey. Most visitors arrive by tour bus and leave without experiencing Batalha town. Yet for the savvy traveller, Batalha makes a great base for venturing out from. The town lies in the Lena Valley in the Leira district north of Lisbon and within a day-tripping distance of Alcobaça, Fatima, Leiria, Óbidos, Peniche and Nazaré. Once the tour buses leave the cafés and restaurants which border the abbey can give you more time and personal service


This present construction replaces the original built by Diogo Boytac and from whom the bridge acquired its name. A French artist who contributed to the construction of the monastery here in Batalha as we all as Jeronimos in Belém. Its six gothic arches span the river Calvaria and were built in the second half of the 19th century incorporating the Revivalist and neo-Gothic styles. It is the only bridge in the country that still has its toll road houses intact and now houses collections of local arts and crafts. It was classified as a building of public interest in 1982 and included in the special protection zone of the Monastery of Batalha.

(Igreja Matriz da Exaltação de Santa Cruz)

Somewhat overshadowed by the magnificent Abbey, the Igreja Matriz da Exaltação de Santa Cruz church is still worth a glance over if you're passing by. Its most impressive feature is the ornate Gothic come Manueline portal. It was built in 1540 to serve the construction team working at the Abbey. The interior is quite austere with the altar carved from local marble.

Batalha Town

Igreja Matriz da Exaltação de Santa Cruz

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2-Day Sacred Portugal Trip: Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos, from Lisbon

Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos Day Tour

Explore Portugal’s rich cultural and religious history on this full-day tour from Lisbon. Visit Fátima, one of the world's largest pilgrimage sites and its huge modern church, Batalha and Nazaré. Explore the historic village of Óbidos.

Pick-up will be at your hotel or accommodation in Lisbon. If your hotel is in the Alfama, Bairro Alto, or Baixa de Lisboa areas or your hotel is difficult to access by car, then an alternative pick-up location will be arranged.

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Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos Full Day Private Tour

Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré and Óbidos
Full Day Private Tour

Escape the metropolitan bustle of Lisbon in favour of the rural tranquillity of four nearby cities on a private full-day tour to Fátima, Batalha, Nazaré, and Óbidos.

Absorb the sacred ambience of the Monastery of Batalha; admire the coastal charm of Nazaré's beaches; and hear of the mysterious apparitions said to have occurred at Fatima. Gain a fascinating perspective of the region surrounding Lisbon from your expert guide on this enriching tour.

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Fatima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazare and Obidos: The Blue West

Fatima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Nazare and Obidos: The Blue West

Depart from Lisbon and arrive at Fatima, to experience the spirituality of its Sanctuary. Visit Batalha Monastery. Discover Alcobaça Monastery, a World Heritage site with astonishing medieval gothic architecture. Inside listen to the most beautiful love story of medieval times. Explore the small and charming town of Nazaré. Discover the beach where the intense blue transforms itself into gigantic waves! Finally, the town of Óbidos will open its doors to you in all its intense beauty. Enjoy the architecture, the small streets and the medieval castle. During the tour, try the famous Ginjinha, a local liquor.

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Casa do Outeiro - Arts & Crafts Boutique

Casa do Outeiro - Arts & Crafts Boutique

Located in Batalha, Casa do Outeiro - Arts & Crafts Boutique Hotel offers scenic views of the Monastery. Most rooms feature a private balcony, some with a view over the monastery. Facilities include an indoor heated pool and the property was renovated in early 2017. The air-conditioned rooms at Casa Do Outeiro feature unique décor, with several decorative pieces created by the property's owners. All rooms have a flat-screen cable TV, a refrigerator, and tea and coffee making facilities. The Hotel offers free WiFi access throughout. The hotel also has a games room with a billiards table and a children’s playground. Every morning, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel’s breakfast room. The hotel also has an honesty bar with drinks, snacks and a fireplace.

Largo Carvalho do Outeiro, 4, 2440-128 Batalha, Portugal.
39° 39' 25.0" N | 08° 49' 25.3" W

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Casa do Outeiro

Casa Ceedina Bed And Breakfast and Beauty

Casa Ceedina offers contemporary accommodation a couple of kilometres from Batalha. It features a pool with sun loungers and a spa with massage treatments available. Decorated with designer furniture, rooms at Casa Ceedina Bed And Breakfast & Beauty open out onto private balconies with views. They all offer a private entrance and an intimate seating area with a flat-screen TV. Guests will enjoy the daily breakfast prepared with local specialities and served in the dining hall or outdoor on the panoramic terrace. Barbecue facilities are also available. Wi-Fi access is free at Casa Ceedina and complimentary parking is available.

3 Rua Do Malta, 2440-025 Batalha, Portugal.
39° 39' 27.4" N | 08° 48' 17.8" W | +351 914 114 730

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Mosteiro do Leitão

Mosteiro do Leitão

As its title suggests this restaurant specialises in Leitão (suckling piglet) which is cooked in their house style to perfection. If you're not a porky type of person don't be put off because there are plenty of other options on the menu to choose from, all of which are of equal quality and tastiness. Popular with locals the staff are as attentive as possible and at hand for recommendations and wine pairings.

Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 23h00
38 Casal da Amieira, Batalha 2440-477, Portugal. | 39º 38' 55.4" N | 08º 50' 23.0" W
+351 244 767 853 | |  Website | Facebook

Mosteiro do Leitão

Burro Velho

A traditional and unpretentious restaurant that is respected for the quality of its produce and the quality of service provided. Set overlooking the Monastery of Batalha, the Burro Velho Restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere of comfort and good taste, an ideal setting to enjoy the best of traditional food, prepared with creativity and with ingredients carefully selected and cultivated, (often by organic farming).

Although the Burro Velho (old donkey) isn't himself on the menu there are plenty of tempting dishes of fish, meat and seafood. Be sure to try their Octopus Rice, several recipes of Cod Fish, and, of course, the famous house style steak.

Daily: 12h00 - 15h00/19h00 - 23h00
Rua Nossa Sra. do Caminho nº6A, 2440-121 Batalha, Portugal. | 39º 39' 33.8" N | 08º 49' 28.3" W
+351 244 764 174 | |  Website

Batalha is 114km (71mi) North of Lisbon Portela Airport Website


Get on the A16 in Algueirão-Mem Martins from N249 and Av. Mário Firmino Miguel, drive from A8 to Alpedriz. Take the exit 23 from A8. Continue on N242-4 to Batalha. Latitude - 39º 38' 55.4" | Longitude - 08º 50' 23.0"


Take the urban train service (comboios urbanos) to Lisbon's central train station Rossio.
• Azambuja/Lisboa/Sintra line Timetable

Then take the intercity (Intercidades) train running North from Lisbon to Fátima,
• Linha do Norte Timetable

or take the regional (Regionais) train running North from Lisbon to Leiria.
• Linha do Oeste Timetable

Trains of Portugal Website

Rede Expressos run services to Batalha from Lisbon Sete Rios coach startion and takes about two hours. Website
Rodoviária do Lis run services to Batalha from Leiria and takes just over ten minutes. Website