Batalha, Portugal: Revered Monastery - Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide - Travel Bite

This Travel Bite comes from “Portugal’s Heartland,” a brand new episode of Rick Steves’ Europe Season 10. Check your local public television station for this new episode or watch it on

The historic Monastery of Santa Maria in Batalha, Portugal, was built to celebrate a pivotal battle in 1385, when Portugal beat the mightier Spaniards. This monastery and its church, the symbol of Portugal’s national pride, were built by Portugal’s King John I.

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