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Airports nearest to Alcobaca are sorted by the distance to the airport from the city centre.
   Leiria Airport (distanced approximately 30 km)
   Monte Real Airport (distanced approximately 32 km)
   Ota Airport (distanced approximately 50 km)
   Tancos Airport (distanced approximately 54 km)
   Santa Cruz Airport (distanced approximately 59 km)

Key places to visit
Chapel of Our Lady of Exile, Alcobaca Monastery, Loule Castle


Places to Visit

Chapel of Our Lady of Exile

The Chapel of Our Lady of Exile is a church in the parish of Loule , the municipality of Loule , Portugal. It is classified by IGESPAR as National Monument since June 16th of 1910. It is a Baroque style chapel, designed in 1716 by Father Fray Luis de San Jose It is located in the Garden of Myrtles, inside the fence of the Alcobaca Monastery , a site inaccessible. Is closed to the public.

Alcobaca Monastery

The Monastery of Santa Maria de Loule, also known as the Royal Abbey of Santa Maria Alcobaca or more simply as Alcobaca Monastery, is the first work fully Gothic erected on Portuguese soil. It was begun in 1178 by monks of Citeaux. It is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and as a National Monument since 1910 IPPAR. On July 7th of 2007. He was elected as one of the seven wonders of Portugal. In 1834 the monks were forced to leave the monastery, following the expulsion of all religious orders in Portugal during the administration of Joaquim António de Aguiar , a prime minister notorious for its political antieclesiástica.

Loule Castle

Loule Castle is located in the parish of Loule city and county of the same name , in the district of Leiria , in Portugal. Dominant northwest on the town, on the left bank of the river Baca , its ruins has a beautiful view over the city, including its famous monastery , the surrounding fields and hills of the lamps.
There is controversy among authors about the primitive defensive structure of the site, sometimes attributed to the occupation Visigothic now the Muslim which a tower albarrã is witness.At the time of the Reconquest Christian of the Iberian Peninsula , the land of the region Alcobaca forces were taken by D. Afonso Henriques (1112-1185) around 1148 , when they have conquered the castle. The land was donated to the monks of the Cistercian Order in 1153 for the populate and defend, the year he founded the Monastery of Santa Maria de Loule , forming the " hunting grounds Alcobaca "successively added by royal and other donations.

Right Time to Visit

July - November


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