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Aljubarrota Room

Aljubarrota Room

In this room, one of the main rooms of the Museum, a set of pieces related to the Battle of Aljubarrota is exhibited. This battle was fought on 14 August 1385 between King Dom João I of Portugal and King Dom João I of Castille and it was decisive for the consolidation of the national independence.

King Dom João I had a special devotion for Saint Mary of Guimarães, whom we nowadays know as Our Lady of the Olive Tree. Dom João I asked this Saint’s divine protection even before the Battle of Aljubarrota. And later, he came to thank Her for having won such a decisive battle.

Besides his weapons, Dom João I offered Her the Gambeson he wore at the fray and the silver gilt Triptych representing the birth of the Child Jesus. Dom João I is also responsible for the renewed temple of Saint Mary of Guimarães, whose commemorative inscriptions, from the foundation and from the consecration, can be seen here.

Detail of the sculpture of Saint Mary of Guimarães

Saint Mary of Guimarães

13th century

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Detail of the face of the Virgin. Silver Altarpiece

Triptych of the Nativity

14th – 15th centuries

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Inscription presenting an epigraphic field

Inscription from the Foundation of the Church of the Olive Tree

14th century

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Detail of limestone inscription. Vine leaves and masque

Inscription from the consecration of the Church of the Olive Tree

15th century

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Shield. Detail of the gambeson

Gambeson

14th century

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Horse of the king. Detail of painting

Dom João I invoking Our Lady of the Olive Tree during the Battle of Aljubarrota

17th century

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Man with glasses. Detail of painting

Dom João I laying his weapons at the altar of Our Lady of the Olive Tree after the Battle of Aljubarrota 

17th century

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Detail of an animal. Painting on wood

Roof Rafter

15th century

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Detail of painting. Birth of the Child

Birth of the Child Jesus

15th century

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Detail of the Jesse’s recumbent statue.

Jessé

14th century

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