Not only shape and size of this magnificent building,
but in particular also the splendid decoration of its facades with
most elaborate stonemason works in Manueline decoration style are
amazing and very impressive. The main entrance is the magnificent
portal at the West side, with numerous elaborate sculptures, like
those of the twelve apostles. A special attraction is the Founder's
Chapel with the mediaeval tomb of King John I and his wife, Queen
Philippa of Lancaster. The majestic interior of the church is of
great grandeur and beauty, reminding a cathedral.
Behind the transept at
the back of the church, one reaches the Royal Cloisters, built in
the reign of John I. The arches overlooking the garden were built
later. Here the Manueline open stone and sculpting are magnificent.
A marvellous example of Gothic architecture is the Chapter's House
that rises to an enormous single vault that has no other support
than the walls.