Batalha (bətäˈlyə) [key] [Port., = battle], town (1991 pop. 3,152), W central Portugal, just S of Leiria, in Estremadura. It has a magnificent Dominican monastery and church (Santa Maria da Vitória), built by John I of Portugal to commemorate his victory (1385) over John I of Castile at nearby Aljubarrota. The monastery is now a national museum.
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