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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Monastery of Alcobaça, Portugal
Monastery of Alcobaça, Portugal
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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Monastery of Alcobaça is a World Heritage Site in the town of Alcobaça, in Leiria District, Portugal. The outstanding universal value of this monument stems from its size, the purity of its style, the beauty of the materials and the care taken in constructing it.

The Monastery of Alcobaça was founded by King Alfonso Henriques in 1153. It was a gift to Bernard of Clairvaux, shortly before his demise, to commemorate his victory over the Moors in Santarém in 1147.


Monastery of Alcobaça, Portugal
Monastery of Alcobaça, Portugal
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The Monastery of Alcobaça is the first religious building in Portugal to be erected in the Gothic style. Along with the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, the Monastery of Alcobaça is one of the most important medieval monasteries in Portugal.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Monastery of Alcobaça was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 13th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 11 - 15 December, 1989.

Location: N39 32 60 W8 58 36.012 in Alcobaça, Leiria District, Portugal.
Inscription Year: 1989
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, IV
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