TECHNICAL VISIT 3 - OURÉM - BATALHA - ÓBIDOS
Time:8:30 - 19:30
Price: 110 €
Price includes: Tickets to Castle of Ourém and Monastery of Batalha. Lunch.
Castle of Ourém
The Castle of Ourém, with a triangular plan, was built in 1178. It is formed by three towers in a triangular perimeter and has in the centre of the yard an enormous ogival cistern powered by a source of water. On the south side, facing the Castle, stands the palace, followed by two towers. Both the palace and the towers are witnesses of an unusual architecture, inspired by Venetian architecture that unites the palace and military function. The increase in the demand for this space by the population led to the extension of the walls so as to envelop the village, of which the Doors of Santarém still remained. The Castle was partially destroyed in the earthquake of 1755, as well as the old part of the village.
Monastery of Batalha
The Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, also called Monastery of Batalha is one of the most beautiful works of Portuguese and European architecture. This exceptional architectural ensemble resulted from the fulfilment of a promise made by King João I in gratitude for the victory in Aljubarrota, a battle fought on August 14, 1385, which secured the throne and guaranteed the independence of Portugal. The works lasted for more than 150 years, through various stages of construction. This duration justifies the existence, in their artistic proposals, of gothic (predominant) Manueline solutions and a brief Renaissance note. Several additions were introduced in the initial design, resulting in a vast monastic ensemble that currently features a church, two cloisters with attached outbuildings and two royal pantheons, the Founder's Chapel and the Imperfect Chapels. The Monastery of Batalha is part of the World Heritage List defined by UNESCO since 1983.
The village of Óbidos holds centuries of history among its walls. With a vast patrimony of religious architecture and historical-monumental vestiges, the village of kings and queens was once a place of preference for rest or a refuge from the Court's disagreements. The origin of the village of Óbidos dates back to the I century, to the town of Eburobrittium. Romans, Visigoths and Arabs were people who were present in these places. The year 1148 marks the capture of the Moors of Óbidos, and in 1210 was donated by the King Afonso II to Queen D. Urraca. In 1641 King João IV ordered to repair the walls again. In 2015, the village of Óbidos integrated the project "Wonders of Portugal", an initiative of the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage and Google that allows to see in detail and in a 360-degree tour of the whole village. Free time to visit the historical centre of Óbidos