Who commissioned the construction of the Monastery of Batalha?
King João I.
Why was the Monastery built?
The Monastery was built by João I in keeping with a promise he made on the eve of the Battle of Aljubarrota, fought against Castile. The king had vowed to the Virgin Mary that, if he won the battle, he would build a grandiose monument in her honour.
Why was the Monastery built here?
The Monastery was built in this valley because it offered everything that was necessary in abundance: water, stone and wood.
What is the dominant architectural style in the Monastery?
The Gothic style.
What religious order occupied the Monastery?
The Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominican Order or Dominicans.
Until when did the friars live here?
The friars lived here until 1834, when the order was given for their expulsion.
When was the Monastery inscribed in the list of World Heritage sites?
On 9 December 1983.