"Mosteiro dos Jerónimos" Mosteiro dos Jerónimos - Jerónimos Monastery Tip by ptitetoile

 
 

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is a masterpiece of Manueline architecture and classified in UNESCO's International Heritage list.
Built as a memorial to Prince Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama's great seafaring discoveries, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos was completed at the end of the 16th century and housed monks whose main duties were to pray for and give spiritual guidance to sailors and the king - who paid for it with taxes on Portugal's spice trade.
The detailed Manueline workmanship in the cloister is staggering and easy to see, as opposed to the equally elaborate south door to the monastery which is well out of reach. The main church is simpler but still impressive and contains da Gama's body.
The monastery is in Belem district, near the river, the Torre de Belem, the Discoveries Monument and various museums.

Address: Praça do Império, 1400-206 Lisboa
Directions: Near Largo Jerónimos
Phone: +351 21 362 0034
Website: http://www.mosteirojeronimos.pt/en/

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  • Written Jul 13, 2004
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