Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória AKA Batalha Monastery


The Monastery of Santa aria da Vitória is the result of a vow made to the virgin by King João I in 1385 after defeating the Castillian army at the Battle of Aljufrom before this Monasterybarrota. It is located near Leiria in the middle of the city of Batalha.

The main work on this building lasted from 1386 until 1517, requiring extraordinary materials and human resources. The style from this phase is called Rayonnant Gothic, the Gothic style can be observed in Portuguese buildings from this date but the Flamboyant style introduced by Huguet was first used in this building.

Over the years, Batalha Monastery has suffered several setbacks, the worst of which was perhaps the dissolution of the religious orders in 1834. In 1840, King Fernando II made great efforts to recover it. The restoration continued until the early years of the 20th century. The jewel of gothic architecture was saved.

Of the few surviving items that complemented the architectural work, the remains of the medieval stained glass window should be mentioned; the first workshop for stained glass windows in Portugal was at Batalha. The oldest pieces date back to the end of 1430s, the best preserved are from 1520 and 1530.

One of the most attractive parts from the Batalha Monastery is the Imperfect chapels, whose style reflects the Italian Renaissance. The Manueline style was also born at Batalha Monastery and spread to the rest of Portugal; you can find it in the tracery over the window in the main cloister and portal to the Imperfect chapels. In 1983, UNESCO added the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória to its list of World Heritage sites.

written by zulupt on 2009-09-16 #places #monastery #location #gothic #architecture #x-pro #urban-adventures #lomo-lca-race #euro-team-2 #dviga-vertova


  1. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    what an awsome location!!!!
    what film did you use for the indoor shots?

  2. disdis
    disdis ·

    Bravo Zulupt! This location is wonderful!

  3. sumlom
    sumlom ·

    awesome location and the shots are beautiful! especially the third one!

  4. pedrofelix
    pedrofelix ·

    1 is brilliant!

  5. stouf
    stouf ·

    Insanely beautiful lomolocation !

  6. paper_doll
    paper_doll ·

    omg! beautiful shots! :D

  7. zulupt
    zulupt ·

    Thanks a lot for the kind comments ;)

    @ Mephisto: I used Kodak Elitechrome 100 iso and Fuji Velvia 100 iso (both x-pro), its a bit hard to shoot indoors with these films but a steady hand does the work ;)

  8. janidays
    janidays ·

    tas em altas :)

  9. afd_lsi
    afd_lsi ·

    A lot of History in this place! Nice work!

  10. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    The gallery is absolutely stunning!!!! Great work zulupt!!! :))))

  11. fab
    fab ·

    I've been there.... Your lomos are far better than mine!

    Love this set!!!

  12. lovesmesumcake
    lovesmesumcake ·

    Ooh that style of Catholic architecture is very rare outside of France! This is beautiful. It makes me want to live in a monastery for a while. Ah, to sit in the cloisters in peace, reading a book...

  13. trincheiras
    trincheiras ·

    Brutal! Parabens :)

  14. blablabla-anab
    blablabla-anab ·

    I was lucky enough to grow up near it :)
    Last days of school were always spent ditching class and going to the monestary ^__^

  15. blablabla-anab
    blablabla-anab ·

    Fabulous pictures b the way :)

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