Luís Simões, travel sketcher around the world
When I passed this place a few months ago, I’m in love at the first sight. This place is called Batalha Monastery – batalha literally means battle. It was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. And since 1983 honoured with UNESCO World Heritage status.
Although we live 20 km from this Monastery, only in the next two months did I have the opportunity to stop and take some pictures of the outside. At that time, I didn’t have enough time to go inside. However, I am happy to see it closer to this beauty.
And then, a few months after that, I went back to visit this giant monastery of gothic architecture. Due to Luís work, we had an amazing privilege.
Free entrance? Of course… It’s easy to understand, isn’t it?
Anyway, after we explored the cloisters, we went up to the roof from the unfinished chapels, and we explored the Batalha Monastery from different perspectives.
As I know, there weren’t many people who went to the rooftop as it isn’t open to the public. Yet, here I am, enjoying different perspectives of the Batalha Monastery – Portugal.
In my opinion, every corner of this place has breathtaking complexity. As you can imagine, it took over a century to build. The construction required an enormous effort, using extraordinary resources of men and materials. New techniques and artistic styles, yet unknown in Portugal, were deployed.
Luís took this chance to sketched from the highest tower. It’s a real challenge for him because I know he has acrophobia. He told me he was feeling dizzy because he has to look up and down because of sketches. As you can see from the picture below, I think his sketch of Batalha Monastery paid back the pain he got. Check here!
What do you think?
FYI. The entrance fee in April 2017 is €6. There is free admission every first Sunday of each month for individual or groups (max 12 persons).
Where to stay
Here, we were staying in Hotel do Templarios. Located in the center of Tomar with a glimpse view of Tomar Castle and Convent of Christ. Even Luís did a sketch from our room as you can see on the picture below.