Monastery of Alcobaça

Wednesday saw me travel back up to the middle of Portugal (by bus this time) to visit two monasteries on one day. I realise that taking a day trip from Lisbon (two hours each way) is rather perverse, but after a lot of on-line bus and train timetable interogation, I worked out that it wouldn’t actually save any time or money to stay in the region and besides, I really liked my hostel in Lisbon!

Alcobaca monastery - church nave

Alcobaca monastery - church nave

My first stop was this monastery, founded by the king in the 12th century and described by the UN as a masterpiece of Gothic Cistercian art.

Alcobaca monastery - tomb of Pedro I

Alcobaca monastery - tomb of Pedro I

The church contains the 14th century tombs of King Pedro I and his mistress/wife (she was one then the other) Ines de Castro who was murdered for political reaons on the orders of Pedro’s father, whilst the latter was still on the throne. It would appear that his father thought her Castilian relatives were gaining too much influence over the crown prince. Pedro’s revenge, on taking the throne, included killing her killers in a suitably gory fashion (one of the tombs includes a carving of one of them about to have his heart torn out) and erecting these tombs. Ines’ tomb is supported on effigies of her killers:

Alcobaca monastery - tomb of  Ines de Castro

Alcobaca monastery - tomb of Ines de Castro

Alongside the church there are the usual monastic buildings, including a huge communal dormitory:

Alcobaca monastery - dormitory

Alcobaca monastery - dormitory

and a kitchen with an enormous huge 18th century chimney:

Alcobaca monastery - kitchen

Alcobaca monastery - kitchen

The church facade has the original Gothic door and rose window with 18th century towers:

Alcobaca monastery church

Alcobaca monastery church

And this is today’s Lego model:

Lego Alcobaca monastery church

Lego Alcobaca monastery church

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One Response to Monastery of Alcobaça

  1. deborahrs says:

    all so white and cool and clean – the lego model captures that feeling completely. Must have been a bit draughty in the dorm tho

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