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The Alcobaça Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça) is a Mediaeval Roman Catholic monastery located in the town of Alcobaça, in Oeste Subregion. It was founded by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1153, and maintained a close association with the Kings of Portugal throughout its history.
The church was completed in 1252. The finished church and monastery were the first truly Gothic buildings in Portugal, and the church was the largest in Portugal. The last touch in the mediaeval ensemble was given in the late 13th century, when King Dinis I ordered the construction of the Gothic cloister, the Cloister of Silence.
This monastery, together with the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, was one of the most important of the mediaeval monasteries in Portugal. Due to its artistic and historical importance, it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1989.

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  • Copyright: MI Sogomo (MIMICA) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 24] (116)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2014-12-11
  • Categories: Architettura
  • Esposizione: f/3.2, 1/100 secondi
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  • Date Submitted: 2015-10-18 10:03
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