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Monastery of Alcobaça
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 12th century
Date of Inscription: 1989
Location: Europe, Portugal, Alcobaça – Leiria
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Description: King Alfonso I founded the Monastery of Santa Maria d'Alcobaça, north of Lisbon, in the 12th century. This is a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art due to its size, the purity of its architectural style, the beauty of the materials and the care with which it was built. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Alcobaça Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Alcobaça) is a mediaeval monastery located in the town of Alcobaça, 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. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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