Portugal has thousands of beautiful sites and landscapes that make it a truthfully rich country.
Today we give you the opportunity to discover the 7 official Wonders of Portugal, elected by the ones who know them better… the Portuguese! 🙂
The Alcobaça Abbey is one of the most important medieval Cistercian monasteries. The monastery was founded in 1153 by donation from our first monarch to Bernardo de Claraval.
The Jeronimos Monastery is a fundamental work of Manueline architecture. The initial construction was made by Boitaca (1502), which laid the foundations of the church and cloister, whose campaign work includes the clearing of the main portal, currently opening for a domed narthex formed by the covered balcony that connects to the arcades of the body front (which is housed the National Museum of Archaeology).
Is the most complete and notable example of Portuguese Romantic architecture. Built about 500 meters high, dates back to 1839, when King Consort Fernando of Saxe Coburg-Gotha (1816-1885) bought the ruins of the Monastery to offer to Nossa Senhora da Pena and started to adapt to palace . To oversee the work, he called Baron Eschwege, inspired by the palaces of Bavaria to build this remarkable building. Extremely fanciful, the architecture of Pena uses the “motives” Moorish, Gothic and Manueline, but also the Wagnerian spirit of the Schinkel castles of central Europe. Located 4.5 km from the historic center.
Born from the faith of King João I, the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, commonly known as the Batalha Monastery, has spurred the formation and subsequent transformation of the territory, for over six centuries. The initial core of this territory was Quinta do Pinhal, bought by the king to Egas Coelho Fernandes and Maria Meira (his mother) shortly after the triumph of Aljubarrota (1385), for the construction of the monastery. As first convent premises, ordered the Dominican community, whom the king donated the monastery in 1388, the church would be known by the name of Santa Maria-a-Velha and its annexes. These buildings may have resulted from the adaptation of others that already existed in place.
Erected on a small hill, once the sea, dominates the surrounding plain and Arnóia River to the east. Result of various architectural interventions over the centuries, integrating the whole village that preserves its medieval features.
The Torre de Belém is one of the most impressive monuments in Lisbon. It is located on the right bank of the Tagus river, where once existed the beach of Belém. The monument stands out by the implicit nationalism, since it is all surrounded by decorations of the Coat of arms of Portugal, including entries from crosses of the Order of Christ in windows bulwark; such characteristics refer primarily to the typical architecture of a time when the country was a global power (the beginning of the Modern Age).
Paradigm of the origins of nationality and the figure of D. Afonso Henriques, Guimarães Castle is one of the most representative monuments of Portuguese medieval imagery.