Nothing is more Gothic in Portugal than the humongous Monastery of Batalha. Built in the middle of nowhere to celebrate a small victory against our Spanish neighbours, it represents every phase of the style as elegantly as it was ever made here. The structure is heavy, thick and of low proportions, typical of early Portuguese gothic work. Then a French master stonemason – Huguet – was brought in and added all the flamboyant tracery, which lightened it up and made it soar. Finally, details were filled-in with yet another local flavour: Manueline, the picturesque style in vogue with the Discoveries right before the Renaissance.

All three are shown in the cloisters and throughout the Monastery.

Mosteiro da Batalha, Batalha

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