Batalha: 52 km from Quinta da Cotovia
The place Batalha began to grow from the beginning of the construction of the monastery Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitória, in 1386 by order of d. João I, King of Portugal, that the Blessed Virgin had promised to build this monastery as he Castile would defeat during the battle Batalha the Aljubarrota on August 14, 1385. Annually in August there are Grand celebrations at the monastery where one commemorates this memorable victory.
The Mosteiro da Batalha monastery is a Portuguese Gothic masterpiece and world heritage of humanity. It is a beautiful architectural ensemble where different time influences, because its construction lasted several koningsschappen. Particular the Capela dos Fundadores (Chapel of the founders) with beautiful Windows, the cloisters, the Capelas Imperfeitas (Unfinished Chapels), that excessive decorated in manueline and flamboyant Gothic style, and the chapter room (Sala do Capítulo).
Around the monastery are still some houses from the 18th century; one of them has been transformed into Pousada. Also the mother church (Igreja Matriz), with a beautiful Manueline port, is worth a mention.