ARCHITECT, Portuguese
(active after 1178 in Portugal)

Exterior view

after 1178
Cistercian abbey church, Alcobaça (Portugal)

The building of the monastery began in 1178, some 25 years after the arrival of the Cistercian monks in the Alcobaça region. Initially, the monks lived in wooden houses, and only moved to the new stone monastery buildings in 1223. The church was completed in 1252. The finished church and monastery were the first truly Gothic buildings in Portugal, and the church was the largest in Portugal.

The photo shows the façade of the abbey church of Alcobaça. The portal and rose window of the church are original Gothic (early 13th century), while the towers are Baroque (18th century).

View the ground plan of the Cistercian abbey church, Alcobaça.

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