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This medieval wonder is renowned for its interior architectural designs and for its artistic royal tombs. During its heyday, the Alcobaca Monastery was one of the most influential in Europe.
of King Pedro I
and his mistress
Each of these 14th century marble sarcophagi is majestically carved in relief. They were commissioned by Pedro for himself and his mistress Ines de Castro, who was murdered by his father.
The nave of the Roman Catholic church measures about 100 meters (330 feet) in length, making it Portugal's largest. The interior design is simple yet elegantly imposing.
The "Cloisters of Silence" is the largest on the Continent.
Construction in brief
The Alcobaca Monastery was conceived by the 12th century King Alfonso I and completed in the 13th century. Subsequent modifications and additions followed, especially in the 18th century.
Now a museum
The site is no longer consecrated. It's a National Monument museum.
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