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Dominican monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, Batalha.El monastery was built to thank the Virgin Mary to the victory of the troops of Portugal on the of Castile in the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385, fulfilling the promise of the King Juan I of Portugal. The battle put an end to the 1383-1385 crisis. The monastery took two centuries to be constructed, starting in 1386 and ending in 1517, during the reign of almost seven Kings.Dominican monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, BatalhaEl monastery of Batalha is one of the most important Gothic monasteries of Portugal. It required the efforts of almost fifteen architects (Mestre das works da Batalha), but seven of them the title was nothing more than an honor granted temporarily. The construction required extraordinary, both human and material resources. We used artistic and technical styles that were unknown until that time in Portugal. At the beginning of the works of the Batalha monastery was built a small temple, whose remains were still visible in the dawn of the 19th century. This building, Santa Maria-a-Velha (Santa María la Vieja), also known as Igreja Velha (old church) served as a place for the celebration of the sacraments (the Chronicles of the time say that it was a humble church) and as a cemetery for the first inhabitants of Batalha: architects and workers who built the monastery. The first architect was the Portuguese Afonso Domingues who handled the work until 1402. He was the one who designed the plant and many of the structures in the Church and the cloister are your responsibility. His style was, basically, radiant Gothic. However there are influences of the English period called Perpendicular period. There are similarities with the façade of York Minster and with the nave and the transept of Canterbury Cathedral. It is known that the initial project they correspond to the Church, the cloister and monastic dependencies inherent, as the Chapter House, the sacristy, the refectory and annexes. It is a model that is similar to that adopted in terms of layout, the great monastery alcobacense. Domingues work was continued by Huguet from 1402 until the year 1438. This architect, probably descended from Catalans, introduced the flamboyant Gothic. This manifests itself in the main façade, in the dome of the Chapterhouse, the Capela do Fundador (Chapel of the founder), in the basic structure of the Capelas Imperfeitas (unfinished chapels) and Northern and Eastern ships of the main cloister. He was responsible for raising the height of the central nave up to the 32,46 m by altering the proportions achieved that the interior of the Church seem even narrower. It completed the transept but he died before the end of the Capelas Imperfeitas. The Capela do founder, is a Funeral Chapel, which was added to the initial project by own King Juan I. The same thing happened with the funeral roundabout known as Capelas Imperfeitas, initiative of the King Eduardo I de Portugal.Tumba de Mateus Fernandes. During the reign of Alfonso V of Portugal, the Portuguese architect Fernão de Évora continued the construction process for 1448 and 1477. He added the cloister of Afonso V (or less) and the adjacent units. He was succeeded by the architect Mateus Fernandes el Viejo during the period 1480-1515. This master of the Manueline style worked in the portico of the Capelas Imperfeitas. Counterpart name son realized the tracery of the Royal cloister arcades. His lack of interest in the construction was notable during the reign of Juan II. Work in the monastery continued in the reign of Juan III of Portugal with the addition of the great Renaissance Tribune (1532) by Juan de Castillo, only architect with works in five monuments declared patrimony of the humanity by the UNESCO. The construction was interrupted in 1516-1517, when King Manuel I decided to dedicate all its efforts to the construction of the monasteries of the Jerónimos, in Lisbon. The 1755 earthquake caused some damage to the building, but much larger were the damage inflicted by the Napoleonic troops of Masséna, who sacked and burned the building in 1810 and 1811. Subsequently when the Dominicans were expelled from the complex in 1834, the Church and the monastery were abandoned and ended in ruins. In the 1840 King Fernando II of Portugal began a program of restoration of the abandoned monastery, saving this jewel of Gothic architecture. It was restored in the 19th century, under the leadership of Luís Mouzinho de Albuquerque, in accordance with the trace of Thomas Pitt, English traveller who was in Portugal at the end of the 18th century and who was the person that would know the monastery throughout Europe through his engravings. In this restoration the building suffered more or less deep transformations, marked by the destruction of two cloisters, beside the Capelas Imperfeitas and, within the framework of the extinction of the religious orders in Portugal, by the total withdrawal of religious symbols, seeking to turn the monastery into a glorious symbol of the dynasty of Avis and especially of its first generation (the so-called Inclita Geração - generation included - from Camões). Data from this date the current configuration of the Capela do founder and the popularization of the term of the monastery of Batalha (to celebrate the victory over Castile in Aljubarrota) at the expense of Santa Maria da Vitória, in an attempt to eradicate definitively the denominations which were Recalling the religious past of the building. The restoration lasted until the first years of the 20th century. It was declared a national monument in 1907. In 1980 the monastery was converted into a museum. In 1983 it was incorporated by Unesco to its list of heritage of the Humanidad.Wikypedia places.

Lovely composition and light. FV & LK. Greetings from Spain, Mayte

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Thank you a lot Jan!!! Warmest wishes. Isabel

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