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Description - Monastery of Santa Maria Da Vitoria, Batalha by Jose Custfidio Vieira da Silva

The Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria was built by order of King Don Jo?o I as a result of a vow made to the Virgin after his glorious victory over the Castilian army in the Battle of Aljubarrota (1385) which brought Portugal its independence from Spain. Works started one year later under the Portuguese architect, Afonso Domingos, and throughout the centuries, the building underwent a variety of architectural styles from Flamboyant Gothic to a more restrained look in the mid-fifteenth century to the style reflecting the Italian Renaissance in the sizteenth century. The Manueline style was also born at the Batalha Monastery and spread from there throughout Portugal. Of particular note are the medieval stained glass windows, used for the first time in Portugal (c.1430-1440) at Batalha, having been brought by master craftsmen from Germany and Flandres. In 1980, the Monastery was transformed into a Museum and, three years later, it was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This magnificent building is the subject of Scalas next title in the series exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Portugal. Jose Cutsodio Vieira da Silva, a specialist in fifteenth and sixteenth century architecture, explores the history, art and architecture in a fascinating and informative way and his text is accompanied by superb colour photographs commissioned by IPPAR - the Instituto Portugues do Patrimonio Arquitectonico e Arqueologico.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781857593822
ISBN-10: 1857593820
Format: Paperback
(274mm x 196mm x 10mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Scala Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Scala Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jose Custfidio Vieira da Silva

Jose Custodio Vieira da Silva lectures at the Universidade Nova, Lisbon, and is a specialist in fifteenth and 16th century architecture. He is the author of Scalas book The National Palace, Sintra.