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Aljubarrota

The name Aljubarrota is from a famouse battle (Battle of Aljubarrota) fought between the Kingdom of Portugal and the Crown of Castile on 14 August 1385. Forces commanded by King John I of Portugal and his general Nuno Álvares Pereira, with the support of English allies, opposed the army of King John I of Castile with its Aragonese, Italian and French allies at São Jorge place, between the towns of Leiria and Alcobaça. The result was a decisive victory for the Portuguese assuring John as King of Portugal.

The baker-woman of Aljubarrota
The legend says that there was a woman called Brites de Almeida, the Padeira of Aljubarrota (the baker-woman of Aljubarrota), said to be very tall, strong, and to possess six fingers on each hand. It was on August the 14th, 1385. The war between Portuguese and Spanish was raging. Back at home, Brites had a strange feeling that something was wrong. The door to the bakery’s oven was abnormally closed. Seven foreign soldiers were hidden inside the baker’s oven waiting for the nightfall. One by one, she summoned all the seven Spanish soldiers to step out of it, and as they were slowly getting out...she hit them so hard and violently with her baker’s shovel that she killed them all. After that episode, leading a numerous number of women, Brites restlessly chased all around the county Spanish rebel soldiers who were hiding in the villages nearby. So became a symbol of the resistance against the invaders.

Gastronomy

In gastronomy, Aljubarrota is well known for its Pastéis da Padeira e Tortas de Aljubarrota.


Handicraft

The Aljubarrota’s craft born by inspiration of its historic and religious figures.

Places to visit

Batalha Monastery
Address: Largo Infante D. Henrique 2440-109 BATALHA
Tel.: +351 244765497
Visiting hours:
October to March
From 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.)

April to September
From 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (last entry at 6 p.m.)

It closes on 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December

Description: Santa Maria da Vitória Monastery, more commonly known as the Batalha Monastery. It is one of the best and original examples of Late Gothic architecture in Portugal, intermingled with the Manueline style. It amazes the onlooker with its profusion of gables, spires, pinnacles and buttresses. It has become a symbol of national pride. Monastery is a Dominican convent in the Portuguese town of Batalha. The convent was built to thank the Virgin Mary for the Portuguese victory over the Castilians in the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It took over a century to build, starting in 1386 and ending circa 1517, spanning the reign of seven kings.
It was declared a national monument in 1907. In 1980 the monastery was turned into a museum. The Batalha convent was added in 1983 by UNESCO to its list of World Heritage sites.

Church of São Vicente de Aljubarrota

Adress: Largo da Igreja, 2460-711 Aljubarrota São Vicente, Alcobaça
Tel.: +351 262 508 123
Features:  Period of construction: 16th century

Parish church of Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres

Adress: Rua Nuno Alves Pereira, 2460-601 Aljubarrota Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres, Alcobaça
Tel.: +351 262 508 123
Features: Period of construction:  18th century, 17th century
Style: Mannerism, Baroque

Church of Misericórdia

Adress: Praça do Pelourinho, 2460-601 Aljubarrota (Prazeres), Alcobaça
Features: Period of construction:  16th century

Kaker-woman of Aljubarrota home and manueline window
Adress: Largo Brites de Almeida, 2460 Aljubarrota (São Vicente), Alcobaça
Features: Period of construction: 16th century
Style: manueline
    
Torre do Relógio da Câmara (Clocktower)

Adress: Praça do Pelourinho, 2460 Aljubarrota (São Vicente), Alcobaça
Features:  Period of construction: 16th century

Chapel of Nossa Senhora da luz
Adress: Rua Senhora da Luz, 2460 Casal do Resoneiro, Alcobaça
Features: Period of construction:  17th century  

Restaurants

Restaurante Adega do Aires
Address: Rua de São Romão 1 B Lameira, 2460-614 ALJUBARROTA (PRAZERES)
Tel.: +351 934 818 298
Open hours: 12:00 - 15:30 e 19:00 - 23:00

Specialties: Lulas recheadas; Massada de robalo, Borrego no forno com batatas; Galo assado ou de cabidela; Favas guisadas; Entrecosto assado à Alentejana, Bolo de bolacha; Arroz doce e Doce de amêndoa.

This is an area that praises the traditional and rustic style. The walls in brick and stone combine with wood ceilings and furniture. The room is well lit by the large windows around it. The decoration matches the philosophy and they serve regional gastronomy. It is even possible to find traces of the former old tavern: the barrels and pottery ware.