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    The reconquest of the Portuguese territory to the Moors was assured by the help of Christian military groups, generally associated with religious orders. As a reward for his participation in the conquest of Santarém, Cistercian religious order received from King D. Afonso Henriques a vast territory extending from the sea to the Candeeiros mountain range, known as "Coutos de Cister". Couto's donation letter dates from April 8, 1153, but it was only in 1178 that the construction of the Abbey began under the guidance of Bernard of Clairvaux, later sanctified.

    It is the first monument of Gothic architecture in Portugal, which earned it recognition as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.

    The Abbey was an important pole of colonization, functioning as a school of agriculture, and around it were born several settlements, based on the flourishing agricultural activity.

    The Monastery remained the epicenter of all activity around, until 1833, when its position alongside the faction defeated in a civil war, led the monks to flee, a situation confirmed the following year with the official extinction of religious orders in Portugal.

    The monastery survived, passed to state property, and regained its determining place in the local economy, now through tourism.

    The passage of the years provoked some changes and additions, very visible to the visitor.

    The most notable of these changes was the inclusion of two royal tombs, by D. Pedro I and Inês de Castro, perpetuating the Portuguese "Romeo and Juliet". Equally striking is the alteration of the facade, badly damaged in the mid-16th century, and whose final reconstruction only happened in the early seventeenth century, with the inclusion of baroque elements.

    As a detail, the sacristy, added in the reign of King Manuel I, fell with the Lisbon Treaty in 1755, but its reconstruction preserved some Manueline details.

    The entrance to the church is free, but the visit of the rest of the monument requires a ticket, with some alternatives of exemption or discount, which can be consulted in the official page.

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    It is almost impossible to arrive at the monastery without knowing Portuguese "Romeo and Juliet story", but if you do, even the stones will tell it to you. Ines de Castro was a Galician noblewoman that came to Portugal with the princess Constança of Castilla, the new wife of prince Pedro, the heir to the throne. Peter married Constança but kept a secret love with Inês, contested by his father, King Afonso IV, worried with the risk of the Castilian approaching the throne.

    The king couldn't convince him, and, after Constança death, with Pedro refusing to marry someone else but Ines, the king decided to have her killed. Pedro reacts starting a civil war until his father death. Becoming king, Pedro announced a secret marriage with Ines, declaring her queen of Portugal. He took her body from the grave, sat her on the throne, and forced all the court to honor her as queen. Giving her back to the grave, he ordered that he would be buried in an opposite position, so that, after the final judgment, the first thing they would see was each other's face.

    The two wonderful tombs may be seen in the Monastery of Alcobaça, in the position ordered by King Pedro. The legend is specially remembered in Coimbra, where they lived their love, and in Alcobaça, their burial place. Commemorating 500 years since her death, great festivities took place in both places. A perfect replica of her tomb was used in a funerary parade to the monastery, but the most relevant detail is the position of both tombs - go have a look and you will understand why.

    Only a remark to notice that recent works opened the access to a window from where you'll be able to take a picture of the tombs demonstrating how the king decided to be buried, in order to, at the end of the world... No! I promised not to tell the story again.

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        Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros, Av. Eng. Adelino Reis dos Santos, 2480-306 Porto de Mós, Portugal
      • Natural Park of Aire and Candeeiros


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        This important natural park covers part of six municipalities of the districts of Leiria and Santarém, and presents many attractions, mainly in the geological plane.

        Situated close to several top tourist destinations, the park complements the historical and urban wealth with an interesting set of visits and activities, which deserve to be highlighted:
        - The many wonderful caves ( Alvados, Mira de Aire, Santo António are the most touristy, but Algar do Pena, discovered in 1985 and with the biggest room in Portugal - 125.000m3 - "joined the club")
        - The salt mines in Rio Maior, more than 200 m above sea level
        - Trekking routes along the best landscapes
        - The springs of Olhos de Água and Arrimal
        - The Natural Monument of Dinosaur Footprints
        Lodging in the park is possible, but people use to stay in one of the touristy points nearby.
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      Month Temp °C Rainfall Cm Temp °F Rainfall Inches
      Jan 9.2 171.5 48.6 67.5
      Feb 9.8 125.8 49.6 49.5
      Mar 12.3 161.1 54.1 63.4
      Apr 14.1 94 57.4 37
      May 15.6 69.9 60.1 27.5
      Jun 18.3 35.1 64.9 13.8
      Jul 20 11.6 68 4.6
      Aug 20.5 10.9 68.9 4.3
      Sep 19.3 53.3 66.7 21
      Oct 16.2 93.5 61.2 36.8
      Nov 12.3 136.7 54.1 53.8
      Dec 9.5 179.3 49.1 70.6

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        • For a building that is over 500 years old it is very well kept. Perfect for those who enjoy architecture and history.
        • The Alcobaca Monastery is UNESCO World Heritage and what an impressive monastery; absolutely stunning. It is Portugal's largest church and it also includesThe Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaca). Once inside you will be able to admire the Cloister of Dom Dinis and the amazing interiors.
        • Abosolutely stunning. Try to read about the history of the monastery and why they call it the temple of gluttony. Amazing place to be, both outside and inside. There are couple of cafés just in front, if you want to enjoy the magnificent view. Really worth visiting.
        • Very impressive, don't miss out on your Portugal trip it's worth every penny! Took me 1 hours in total to see everything.
        • A "must visit" in Portugal. Beautiful Monastery and church, the most passionate love history in Portugal! (also, check restaurant João Padeiro nearby)

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        • Portuguese Romeo and Juliet
          No one may visit Alcobaça without knowing or learning the dramatic story of king Pedro and Inês de Castro, so, this is not the place to repeat it, only some few lines to enhance the beauty of both tombs, topped by the statues of the lovers, and the romantic display in the church.

          The damages were caused by Napoleon's soldiers searching for eventual jewels inside
          • Replica of one of the tombs, during the 500 years celebration
          • Tomb of Inês
          • Detail of the tombs of Pedro and Inês
          • Detail of the tombs of Pedro and Inês
          • Detail of the tombs of Pedro and Inês
          • Detail of the tombs of Pedro and Inês
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