Batalha Monastery: Overall view, church and facade of the Capelas Imperfeitas



The Unfinished Chapels form a separate octagonal structure tacked on the choir of the church (via a retrochoir) and only accessible from the outside.

Former Dominican priory, dedicated to S Maria da Vitória, about 10 km south of Leiria, Portugal. Founded by John I (João I, reigned 1385-1433), the first king of the Aviz dynasty, to celebrate the Battle of Aljubarrota (1385), it is the most representative and important example of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal. The first architect, from 1388 to 1402, was Afonso Domingues, who drew up the plan and partly built the church and cloister. It is a large complex containing church, cloister, chapels, chapter house and other conventual buildings and a royal pantheon (the Capela do Fundador). Styles of Late Gothic used include Flamboyant, Perpendicular and Manueline. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Mosteiro Santa Maria da Vitória

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Tombs

  • Architecture

  • Monasteries

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Manueline

  • Late Gothic

  • Perpendicular Style

  • Flamboyant

Place of Creation
  • +39.659167-8.826111

  • Batalha, Distrito de Leira, Portugal: About 10 km south of Leiria

  • Batalha

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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