Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Portugal - Monastery of Batalha
Monastery of Batalha.
Sent by Vitória, a postcrosser from Lisbon, Portugal.
Constructed in fulfilment of a vow by King João to commemorate the victory over the Castilians at Aljubarrota (15 August 1385), the Dominican monastery of Batalha is one of the great masterpieces of Gothic art. The majority of the monumental complex dates from the reign of João I, when the church (finished in 1416), the royal cloister, the chapter-house, and the funeral chapel of the founder were constructed.