Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

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Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Lisbon Reviews

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WHS Portugal: Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém Feb 14, 2017
Jeronimos Monastery (or Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) truly is a work of art and I have had the pleasure of visiting twice. One of the few surviving examples of Manueline architecture, the monastery was built in 1502 on the spot where Vasco da Gama and his crewmen stayed before embarking for India. In 1983, the monastery unsurprisingly became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The monastery cloister is an absolute must-see and the charm of the building isn't lost even when the place is overflowing with eager tourists. The connection between the monastery and the ocean is pretty obvious; the cloisters feature many motifs reminiscent of sea exploration including coral and coils of rope. The cloisters are set on two floors and afford great views of the picturesque inner courtyard. An avid photographer could spend a lot of time here seeking out the minute details that make this place such a magical place to visit and experience.

If you want to take your time exploring the cloisters in relative quiet, I would recommend visiting at around lunchtime before the afternoon tour buses arrive and when the morning tour groups have been and gone! I did this on my first visit and by the time I left, the crowds at the doors were swelling.

The spacious interior of the Jeronimos Monastery is the final resting place for many Portuguese historical figures. The tomb of Vasco da Gama, who discovered India and established a profitable trade route between Portugal and the Asian Subcontinent, has pride of place just to the left of the entrance as you enter. Opposite over on the right side is the tomb of poet Luis de Camões, who wrote the Lusiads about Vasco da Gama's triumphal exploits.

The interior of the church also features stunning Gothic style columns and a beautiful rib-vaulted ceiling. Unfortunately the lighting inside the church is quite low so it was difficult to get good photos. Photography is allowed although you should remain silent at all times when inside the monastery out of respect for those buried there. Entry to the monastery and monastery cloisters is 10 Euros. The monastery is open 10 am to 6 pm from May to September with slightly shorter opening hours in other months.

A short walk along the promenade from the monastery is where you will find the other part of this World Heritage Site: the Tower of Belem. On my most recent trip to Lisbon, I took some photos around the tower but decided against going inside as it was very busy.
Cloister of Jeronimos Monastery
Manueline architecture
Courtyard of monastery
Beautiful architecture
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Maurizioago Maurizio…
580 reviews
The Jerònimos monastery. Jan 23, 2017
The construction of this monastery was commissioned by king Manuel I to commemorate Vasco da Gama’ s voyage; to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success and to create a royal pantheon for the Aviz-Beja dinasty.

The monastery was built on the site of a hermitage founded by Henry the Navigator around 1450. They begun to build it in 1502 and it took nearly the entire 16th century to complete it. Its predominant architectural style is Manueline.

The church of the monastery is also the resting place of Vasco Da Gama, Manuel I, his wife Maria and Luis De Camoes.

This monastery has a large double storey cloister. It was built in stages and designed by three architects. Diogo Boitac designed the lower floor in Manueline style.
Bojasem Bojasem
216 reviews
“Marvellous architecture!” Nov 17, 2012
Monastery of Jeronimos is Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Architectural Buildings. is located at Rua dos Jerónimos, 3, in Belem. It is the most important monument in Lisbon and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The building construction started in 1502 under the orders of King Dom Manuel. his is an incredible monastery and one of the most beautiful places I saw in Portugal. It is also one of the most prominent monuments. . The admission fee for the monastery is 7 euros, but I recommend you. A beautiful monastery that sorts of tells the story of Portugal, as it was built near the point where sailors and explorers left or came back to Lisbon by sea - the monks' job was to comfort sailors and pray for the king's soul! You can either visit it quite quickly or spend hours there admiring the very intricate designs. This church was the main highlight of our Dianatours morning tour of Lisbon. The Monastery of San Jeronimo was really a magnificent.

i was luck because the day i visit this place the present of Colombia visit and i see horse show before i enter the


This museum not far from the Belm tower..
Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Must see Monastery ! Mar 06, 2011
The Jeronimos Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. 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 in prayer before leaving for India. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. Vasco da Gama's tomb was placed inside by the entrance, as was the tomb of poet Luis de Camoes, author of the epic The Lusiads in which he glorifies the triumphs of Da Gama and his compatriots. Other great figures in Portuguese history are also entombed here, like King Manuel and King Sebastiao, and poets Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.

The monastery was populated by monks of the Order of Saint Jerome (Hieronymites), whose spiritual job was to give guidance to sailors and pray for the king's soul. It is one of the great triumphs of European Gothic (UNESCO has classified it a World Heritage monument), with much of the design characterized by elaborate sculptural details and maritime motifs. This style of architecture became known as Manueline, a style of art that served to glorify the great discoveries of the age.

The church interior is spacious with octagonal piers richly decorated with reliefs, and outside is a garden laid out in 1940 consisting of hedges cut in the shape of various municipal coats of arms of Portugal. In the center is a large fountain also decorated with coats of arms, often illuminated on special occasions.

Not so far away from Belem tower and if you are lucky maybe will found not so long waiting line for entrance :)

You can go with the same (tram to Belem) No 15 and the ticket is 6 euro !

Some photos to have a look :)
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anammrc says:
nice review, but D. Sebastião never returned from Northen Africa...
we joke that Portuguese are still waiting for him to return.
Posted on: Mar 14, 2013
Johnpro says:
Really pretty nice and quiet city :)
Posted on: Jan 15, 2012
Chokk says:
I just love Portugal - been there +20 times ;D
Posted on: Jan 15, 2012
realrv6 realrv6
63 reviews
Wonderful style Apr 15, 2011
The Jerónimos Monastery was built by King Manuel I to celebrate the return of the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama who discovered the sea route to India.

Its construction began in 1502 and ended after about one hundred years.

It was a symbol of the political and expansionist power of Portugal.

It was, built with the money made ​​from the spices of the Indies. While the gold coming from Brazil, was used to coat the side chapels and the altar.

The Manueline style with which it was built, is a mixture of late Gothic and Renaissance.

Inside the complex there are, among others, the tombs of Manuel I and his family, Vasco de Gama, the poets Luis de Camões and Fernando Pessoa.

The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos for its beauty and its uniqueness has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Iconic monastery Dec 03, 2010
Located in the Belem district of Lisbon, this site was founded in 1501 and was declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in the 1980s.

Although you can enter the church for free, I think there is an admission fee of several euros for the monastery itself.

The church is a wonderful piece of late gothic architecture. The facade is rather handsome and glistening, and littered with these incredibly detailed carved figures. The inside is rather majestic too. The entrance area houses the tombs of the explorer Vasco de Gama and the poet Camoes, and some of the monarchs too. It is also the church where Vasco de Gama prayed during his last night before leaving for India too, so the church is rather poignant for the country's history.

If you are in the Belem area, this site is definitely not worth missing.
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davidx says:
Some great photos here. Do you agree that the Manueline style needs a large building like this to shine. I really liked it here but thought nothing of it on the church at Setubal.
Posted on: Apr 16, 2011
davidx davidx
564 reviews
Manueline style at its best Mar 11, 1999
I have a certain antagonism to over-eloborate architecture and I find that the late Gothic syle in Portugal, known as Manueline can err in that direction. When I have seen it in small buildings, it has not been to my taste. However there is nothing small about the Monastery here and the potential over-elaboration of the style is dwarfed by hte size of the building overall.

The building is in Belém, which can be reached by express tram from Lisbon centre. This is also the area for seeing the Tower of Belem and the monument to the discoverers, the Coach Museum and others. However don't expect them all to be close; Belém is quite big. My friend and I decided to miss the tower but we were delighted to see it floodlit from the train from Cascais to Lisbon. This is another triumph for Manueline!
Monastery cloisters
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Chokk says:
I like this place but I actually also like the crazy Manueline style:)
Posted on: Sep 04, 2010

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