May 24, 2009

Alcobaça - a Silver Coast Place to Visit


Alcobaça:-A provincial town situated in a valley where the rivers Alcoa and Baca join.

Cistercian Monastery of Alcobaca. Begun in 1178, facade re modelled in the 17th and 18th centuries in baroque style. Gothic portal; tombs of King Pedro and D. Ines; mediaeval sculpture; water course diverted to run through the ancient kitchen.

Alcobaca is famous for it's Cistercian abbey, one of the finest architectural monuments in Portugal, and one of the first examples of Gothic architecture in Europe. The town grew up around the abbey which was an important centre in mediaeval times. The surrounding countryside was cultivated by the monks for almost 700 years and it remains today one of the most fertile regions in the country.

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