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.


Raúl Miguel de Castro

Mayor of Batalha


The Citty Hall of Batalha has been part of the Portuguese Association of Ceramic Cities and Towns / Associação Portuguesa de Cidades e Vilas de Cerâmica (APTCVC) since 2018. The municipality’s support to APTCVC reflects the importance we attach to local and national ceramics, given the relevance of this economic activity both in the municipality and throughout the region.

APTCVC’s mission is to promote and value the ceramics industry at european level, in order to value and create value to this area of activity so relevant and characteristics of our country.

The ceramics industry has enormous potential, with competitive companies that have made a significant effort to modernize, responding to such pressing needs as process modernization, entry into new markets or even in the field of design and more contemporary trends.

To all APTCVC partners, I wish success in this demanding challenge to qualify and promote the ceramics industry.

Raúl Miguel de Castro
Mayor of Batalha

APTCVC Representatives

Vereadora - Maribela Vieira Batalha

Municipal Councillor Maribela Vieira, Batalha


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