Batalha, Portugal

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Santa Maria da Vitória na Batalha
Details of Gothic architecture in the Monastery of Batalha

Batalha (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɐˈtaʎɐ]) is a town located in the Batalha Municipality in Leiria District, Pinhal Litoral Subregion, Centro Region, with 7,500 inhabitants. The town's name means battle.

It is the seat of the municipality of the same name with 103.56 km² of area and 15,002 inhabitants (2001), subdivided into 4 parishes (freguesias: Batalha, Golpilheira, Reguengo do Fetal and Sao Mamede. The municipality is limited to the North and West by the municipality of Leiria, to the East by Vila Nova de Ourém, to the Southeast by Alcanena and to the Southwest by Porto de Mós.

The town was founded by King D. João I of Portugal, jointly with the Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória na Batalha, to pay homage to the Portuguese victory at the Battle of Aljubarrota (August 14, 1385) that put an end to the 1383-1385 crisis.

The Portuguese professor and sociologist Moisés Espírito Santo was born there.

Monuments[edit]

  • Batalha Monastery
  • Estátua Equestre de Sao Nuno de Santa Maria (1966 - 1968)
  • Igreja Matriz de Exaltaçao de Santa Cruz (1514 - 1532)
  • Capela da Santa Casa da Misericórdia (18th century)
  • Ponte da Boutaca (1862)
  • Pelourinho (2000 - reconstrucao do pelourinho original)
  • Edifício Mouzinho de Albuquerque - Galeria de Exposiçoes
  • Capela de Nossa Senhora do Caminho
  • Boca da Mina das Barrojeiras
  • Igreja Paroquial Nossa Senhora dos Remédios
  • Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Fetal
  • Moinhos de Vento
Frontside of Batalha Monastery

Natural heritage[edit]

  • Grutas da Moeda
  • Maciço Calcário Estremenho
  • Buraco Roto
  • Pia da Ovelha
  • Escarpa de falha do Reguengo do Fetal

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Coordinates: 39°39′N 8°49′W / 39.650°N 8.817°W / 39.650; -8.817