Lisbon Jeronimo Monastery - details and images
King Manuel I built it in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator, where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal, praying before going to India. It was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition to thank the Virgin Mary for the success of this trip.
Vasco da Gama's tomb was placed inside near the entrance, as the poet Luis de Camoes grave. This is Portugal's national poet and author of "Luisiadelor", a work dedicated to the great epic of major discoveries and conquests of the Portuguese explorers. Other important figures of Portuguese history and culture are buried here. King Manuel and King Sebastiao, and poets Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.
The monastery was inhabited by monks of the Order of Saint Jeronimo, whose duty was to provide spiritual guidance to seafarers and to pray for the soul of the king. In terms of architecture, the monastery is a triumph of Gothic Europe, many design details are very elaborate and detailed moldings for various reasons. Architectural style used to build the monastery became known as Manueline style, a style of art that served to glorify the great discoveries of the age.
Claustrele are indeed impressive, each column is carved differently sea monsters, coral and other marine grounds very suggestive. Are also impressive murals depicting the Biblical story of Joseph. The interior is spacious and decorated with relief carvings. Outside there is a beautiful garden founded in 1940 which can be seen in various regions of the coats of arms of Portugal. In the center of this garden there is a fountain and decorated with flags and lit it on special occasions.
Address: Praça do Imperio, Belem.
Transport: Tram 15.
Hours: 10:00 am - 17:00 pm (October to April) 10:00 am - 18:00 pm (May-September)
Monday is closed
Price: 6 Euro Card or Free to Lisbon.
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