Stay at Casa do Lago holiday villa to visit the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória (or Monastery of Batalha)
The monastery construction began in 1386 to keep King Dom Joao vow to the Virgin Mary, in the Battle of Aljubarrota
beautiful stained glass pictures built during the medieval age
This masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic combines several influences as a result of its lengthy period of construction.
On 14 August 1385, at a short distance from the Monastery at Batalha, the decisive battle of Aljubarrota took place. With a small army, D. Joao, the future King of Portugal has defeated a huge Castilian army. This amazing victory brought an end to the claims of the King of Castile over to the throne of Portugal and has allowed the Portuguese King’s marriage with the English Noble Philippa of Lancaster, starting a new very important dynasty. In fact D. Henrique, their son has launched Portugal in the overseas discoveries adventure, starting a new era in world’s history.
Tomb of King João and the English Noble Lady
Philippa of Lancaster, whose sons began the adventure of maritime discoveries
Detail of King Joao and Quenn Philippa holding hands for the eternity