Alcobaça Church : Michelin's recommendations
Through restoration, the church once again has the nobility and sobriety associated with Cistercian buildings. This church is one of the largest and tallest in the style. Notice the immense nave and the transept which houses the tombs (14C) of Inés and Pedro I. Unfortunately, these Gothic-Flamboyant style tombs, sculpted in soft limestone, were seriously damaged by French soldiers in 1811. The tomb of Inés de Castro is found on the left side of the transept. The recumbent effigy, supported by 6 angels, rests on top of the tomb whose four surfaces are covered with a frieze of arms associated with Portugal and the Castro family. On the sides, various scenes from the life of Christ are depicted. The chevet depicts a Crucifixion. The flat surface at the feet of the recumbent effigy is decorated with an interesting Last Judgement. The tomb of Pedro I is located on the right hand side of the transept. Above a harsh recumbent statue, the lateral surfaces of the tomb recount the life of St Bartholomew, the King's patron saint. You will also notice a very beautiful rose window which is thought by archaeologists to represent either the Wheel of Fortune or the life of Inés and Pedro. In a chapel on the right side of the transept you can also see a damaged terra cotta group, which is the work of 17C monks. This is the transit of St Bernard which depicts the death of the saint. The chancel is a copy of the Clairvaux church's chancel. It is surrounded by a large ambulatory onto which two 16C Manueline doors open and 9 chapels decorated with wooden statues.
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