The Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha was built to
commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the
battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was to be the Portuguese monarchy's
main building project for the next two centuries. Here a highly
original, national Gothic style evolved, profoundly influenced by
Manueline art, as demonstrated by its masterpiece, the Royal Cloister.