Batalha Monastery (Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória)

Batalha Monastery


Location: Batalha, Leiria District    Map

Tel. 244 765 497


Apr- Sep: 9am- 6pm daily

Oct- Mar: 9am- 5pm daily

Closed: 1 Jan, Easter, 1 May, 25 Dec


Description of Batalha Monastery

Batalha Monastery or Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória (Saint Mary of the Victory) is a Roman Catholic abbey situated in Batalha, Leiria District of Portugal. Batalha Monastery is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and was constructed in 1385 to commemorate Battle of Aljubarrota, then John I of Portugal (King João I) defeated joint armies of Castile, Aragonese and French armies. He transferred the abbey to the monastic order of the Dominicans and devoted this religious complex to Virgin Mary. It was commonly used as a burial ground for Aviz dynasty of Portuguese royals. In 1834 Batalha Monastery was closed for good along with other Christian monasteries.



The construction of the monastery began in the international Gothic style in 1385 according to the vow of King Joao I in gratitude to the Virgin Mary for the king’s victory over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrot. The six subsequent kings continued the construction of the monastery and found the last peace here; among them - Duarte I and Prince Henry the Navigator. Construction stopped only in 1517, when the main forces were transferred to the construction of the Jeronimos monastery in Belem. In the 19th century, large-scale restoration work was carried out in Batalle, and in 1980 a national museum was opened here.