BATALHA

The village of Batalha witnessed extraordinary moments throughout its history, from the Roman occupation to the confirmation of Portuguese independence, leaving an immense cultural heritage.

With a population of around 16 thousand people, Batalha is located in the Leiria district’s heart, spreading around the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory – a UNESCO World Heritage monument since 1984.

The monastery was constructed in fulfillment of a vow by King John I of Portugal to thank the Virgin Mary for the victory over the Castilians at Aljubarrota in 1385, reassuring the Portuguese independence and marking the beginning of the Aviz dynasty. Later, King John I donated the monastery to the Dominican Order to serve as a convent.

The Monastery was central to the development of the Batalha village, leading to the designation of “county” by King Manuel I.
Nowadays, Batalha and the Central region’s life is still greatly influenced by this historical monument, remaining one of Portugal’s most visited locations.
The Batalha’s community has been showing entrepreneur and artistic spirits, evidenced by its cultural legacy, historical roots, vibrant industry, and artistic endeavors.

Ceramics manufacturing found in Batalha the perfect production conditions, becoming one of the most critical activities and serving the Central region’s needs. Roman artisans left household items, such as lucerne, bowls, pots, amphoras, and construction materials such as bricks and roof tiles.

In Batalha’s monastery, monks used ceramic utensils during their meals. Several of such items were found inside the monastery, showing intricate and exquisite details.

São Mamede, a parish of Batalha’s county, is the home of Matceramica – one of the biggest ceramics industrial complexes of the Iberic Peninsula. With more than 20 years of activity, this company employs around two hundred and fiftypeople and is one of Portugal’s largest ceramic exporters.

Standing in the pillars of history, art, and technology, Batalha is rightfully considered a landmark for the Portuguese Ceramics industry. For that reason, Batalha’s County Council decided to integrate the Portuguese Association of Cities and Villages of Ceramics.

Paulo Batista Santos

Paulo Jorge Frazão Batista dos Santos

Mayor of Batalha

MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR OF Batalha

It is an honor for Batalha’s county to join the Portuguese Association of Cities and Villages for Ceramics (APTCVC).
This association, composed of 18 Portuguese counties, aims to leave a footprint in ceramics on a European scale.

With the mission of promoting and fostering the development of local and national ceramics, APTCVC is also committed to preserving the artistic and cultural legacy.
Batalha’s municipality is aware of the relevance of this association for our community.

We are motivated and committed to promoting ceramics art, bridging our cultural heritage with the current innovation and technology, and leveraging industrial production and artistic activities.

 

Paulo Jorge Frazão Batista dos Santos

Mayor of Batalha