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It's a beautiful sunny sunday and the taste of summer is still in the air. Why don't we choose one of these vintage cars and make a trip in the region?
But first, visit here the Monastery of Alcobaa, one of the most important medieval monasteries of Portugal ;-)
I don't know why these cars were being exhibited here. I didn't see any marriage inside the church and later on, at the end of the day, I found these two cars in the fishing town of Nazar.
The white structure at left background was for the Apple Fair that was happening at the time in Alcobaa.

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WS1 - A similar perspective of the whole monastery without the cars.

WS2 - A frontal view of the church from a closer approach.

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ABOUT THE MONASTERY (from Wikipedia):

The Alcobaa Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaa) is a mediaeval monastery located in the town of Alcobaa, in central Portugal. It was founded by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1153, and maintained a close association with the Kings of Portugal throughout its history.


ART AND ARCHITECTURE

The church and monastery were the first Gothic buildings in Portugal, and, together with the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, it was one of the most important of the mediaeval monasteries in Portugal. Due to its artistic and historical importance, it was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1989.

The Alcobaa Monastery was built following an early Gothic style, and represents the arrival of this style in Portugal. The church and other main buildings were constructed from 1178 until the end of the 13th century. The church was consecrated in 1252. Following the precepts of the Order of Cistercians, the original monastic buildings were built under clean architectonic lines, without any decoration apart from some capital sculpture and a statue of the Virgin Mary.


MAIN FAADE

The main faade of the Monastery has two baroque-style wings with the church in the middle. The faade of the church is a mix of styles: the portal and the rose window above were part of the original church, while the statues and the two flanking towers were added in the beginning of the 18th century by architect Joo Turriano. The side walls of the church have crenellations and the apse has eight flying butresses to support the weight of the vault of the apse, a typical feature of Gothic architecture.

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