Tell me how monks give comfort to sailors

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The village of Sintra from the Moorish castle.

One of the highlights of Lisbon is Sintra, located about 45 minutes out of town.  It has an Moorish castle plus a few villas and palaces dotted around the unusually green hilly landscape.  Due to the distance and topography, it is essentially to get around these sights by bus ... and that itself is rather hair-raising since they use a full-size bus on very windy narrow roads. 

I find it rather odd that the Arabs were here building a fort-and-castle but (not at the same time) the Crusaders were doing likewise down in the Levant!

The other major sight in Lisbon is in Belem, a few kilometres away from the city centre.  Much of the sights here are from the days of the Portuguese explorers in the 1500s ... there's the Jeronimos Monastery to house the monks who would give comfort to the sailors (says the guidebook, but how I wonder!) and the Torre de Belem which is a very ornate tower to mark the glory of their navigational successes. 

In fact, everything here is very ornate ... I would have said it was Gothic but I cannot find the black lipstick and black eye makeup. 


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The village of Sintra from the  Mo…
The village of Sintra from the M…
Moorish castle.
Moorish castle.
Looks like the Great Wall of China…
Looks like the Great Wall of Chin…
Looks like the Great Wall of China…
Looks like the Great Wall of Chin…
The Sintra area is dotted with man…
The Sintra area is dotted with ma…
The Sintra area is dotted with man…
The Sintra area is dotted with ma…
The Sintra area is dotted with man…
The Sintra area is dotted with ma…
Sintra railway station.
Sintra railway station.
Jeronimo monastery, back in Belem.
Jeronimo monastery, back in Belem.
Jeronimo monastery.
Jeronimo monastery.
Courtyard of Jeronimo monastery.
Courtyard of Jeronimo monastery.
Courtyard of Jeronimo monastery.
Courtyard of Jeronimo monastery.
Inside the church at Jeronimo mona…
Inside the church at Jeronimo mon…
In Belem ... they found Melaka (Ma…
In Belem ... they found Melaka (M…
Street elevator in Lisbon.
Street elevator in Lisbon.
I love their pretty shopfronts.
I love their pretty shopfronts.
Up in Alfama at night.
Up in Alfama at night.
Lisbon
photo by: Johnpro