Aljubarrota Pillory, Alcobaça
Aljubarrota was once one of the thirteen villages of the Coutos of Alcobaça, founded by King D. Afonso Henriques (1143-1185) in 1147.
This pillory was built in 1514 after King D. Manuel I (1495-1521) foral attribution, a symbol of administrative e judicial autonomy in that period and a testimony of identity and legacy over the centuries.
It is important to remember that at Aljubarrota took place on of the most important episodes in Portugal’s history, the Battle of Aljubarrota, between Portuguese troops commanded by the future King D. João I (1385-1433) and D. Nuno Alvares Pereira and the Spanish army commanded by King D. Juan of Castille.
The battle took place in 14 August 1385 and it’s one of the major triumphs in the national military history.
In Honour to this huge victory it was built the Monastery of Batalha, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
Aljubarrota’s legacy is unquestionable and the pillory is a certification of Aljubarrota’s important role in the history.
The pillory was later classified as Public Interest Building in 1933 due to its relevance as a symbol and piece of national history.
But the legacy of Aljubarrota can also be seen in Nossa Senhora dos Prazeres Church, São Vicente de Aljubarrota Church and through Rua Direita.
If this is not enough, look for the Baker of Aljubarrota legend and discover more about local history.