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Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria, Batalha José Custódio Vieira da Silva

Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria, Batalha

José Custódio Vieira da Silva

Published December 26th 2007
ISBN : 9781857593822
Paperback
128 pages
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The Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitcria was built by order of King Don Jo?o I as a result of a vow made to the Virgin after his glorious victory over the Castilian army in the Battle of Aljubarrota (1385) which brought Portugal its independence fromMoreThe Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitcria was built by order of King Don Jo?o I as a result of a vow made to the Virgin after his glorious victory over the Castilian army in the Battle of Aljubarrota (1385) which brought Portugal its independence from Spain. Works started one year later under the Portuguese architect, Afonso Domingos, and throughout the centuries, the building underwent a variety of architectural styles from flamboyant Gothic to a more restrained look in the mid-fifteenth century to the style reflecting the Italian Renaissance in the sixteenth century. The Manueline style was also born at the Batalha Monastery and spread from there throughout Portugal. Of particular note are the medieval stained glass windows, used for the first time in Portugal (c.1430-1440) at Batalha, having been brought by master craftsmen from Germany and Flanders. In 1980, the Monastery was transformed into a Museum and, three years later, it was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This magnificent