Southern transept, cross of the consecration

12th-13th centuries

Alcobaça Monastery

Alcobaça Monastery

The Alcobaça Monastery is one of the first foundations of the Cistercian Order in Portugal. It was founded in 1153 as a gift to Bernard of Clairvaux, shortly before his death, from the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, to commemorate his victory over the Moors at Santarém in March 1147. The foundation of the monastery was part of the strategy by Afonso Henriques to consolidate his authority in the new kingdom and promote the colonisation of areas recently taken from Moorish hands during the Reconquista.

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  • Title: Southern transept, cross of the consecration
  • Date Created: 12th-13th centuries
  • Location Created: Alcobaça Monastery, Portugal
  • Rights: ADF - José Paulo Ruas