Palace Monastery da Mafra
Portugal, Mafra (municipality)

The palace-monastery in the Portuguese city of Mafra, located 40 km from Lisbon, is the epitome of grandeur and grandeur. At the peak of its 13-year construction, about 50,000 people worked on the creation of the palace, a small town was specially built in order to settle workers here. The model for this structure was the monastery of El Escorial, created by Philip I in the vicinity of Madrid. The monastery palace in Mafra, which also served as the summer residence of the kings, may not be so impressive and confusing, but the diversity of its structure is amazing. Its 880 halls, numbering 4,500 doors and windows, served as home to 300 monks. Today, the monastery building, along with the royal palace and living quarters for 300 monks, occupies 4 hectares of land. The church has 11 chapels artfully decorated with reliefs and marble statues from Italy, as well as the pride of Mafra - a library of 40,000 volumes, among which there are copies with a long history and golden pages. In the monastery you can also visit the Museum of Religious Art with an outstanding collection of church vestments.

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