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Monastery of Alcobaca

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Address: Praca 25 de Abril, Alcobaca 2460-018, Portugal
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09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Powerful Building, Better Story Inside

Alcobaca presents itself as the largest, early-Gothic building in Portugal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, it's now owned and run by the state. Huge volumes of tour... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Alcobaca presents itself as the largest, early-Gothic building in Portugal. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1989, it's now owned and run by the state. Huge volumes of tour buses arrive, at the huge parking lot next to the market and gardens, flooding the monestary's Sala dos Reis (Hall of Kings), Claustro do Silencio (Cloiser of Silence) these other, must... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Although everything seems a little in need of repair, once inside the cathedral is very worth seeing. It is beautiful in its simplicity, and for 6 Euros per adult (3 per senior) it is worth the walk around.

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Twin waters
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an outstanding old building, rich in history. The monastery is very interesting to visit as it shows what communal life was like all those years ago. Thee is a beautiful church, cloisters, the huge old kitchen and much more. We were lucky enough to visit when a count tenor was performing in one of the o,d rooms -... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Impressive monastery worth to visit. A leaflet with some explanations would be useful. This visit provide freshness during hot seasons.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I took a 2 hour guided tour inside this fantastic Monastery and it is incredible all the work done by the monges so many centuries ago. They even deviated the flow of a river to have running water.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Cistercian monastery was founded in 1153 and is a World Heritage site. It's a beautiful, though austere Gothic structure, the largest church in Portugal. We love seeing the ornate tombs of kings, queens, and other famous people. We were not disappointed here with the tombs of Dom Pedro and the Spanish Ines. There's is quite a story. In brief,... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a massive gothic monastery dated from the12th century. Very well preserved church and abbey. The façade has 3 parts; at the middle top one stands a statue of the Madonna and from each side a tall bell tower. The cloister was very beautiful too, all the royal marble caskets are highly decorated. It’s a must see when visiting... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Huge monastery with interesting cloister, decorated thombs of the king Pedro I. and his beloved Ines de Castro and much more.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped off on the way from Sintra to Porto and it was well worth making the small detour. It was nice to see a very nice place almost devoid of tourists ! Nice places for coffee across the square where you can sit and admire the architecture.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We recommend ! And you should reserve in advance a guided tour ! It's very interesting the tour (around 1h) for adults and kids. A piece of our amazing and beautiful Portuguese history is there :) GO !

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