Brief History and Architectural Details
Located in the district of Belém in Lisbon is the massive religious structure, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, or Jeronimos Monastery. For over 5 centuries the Monastery has stood as a symbol of Portuguese wealth and culture since 1502 when it was built by King Manuel I in commemoration of Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India.
The monastery was also used to house the monks of the Hieronymites, or The Order of Saint Jerome, which is where the structure takes its name. For years, the monks prayed for and gave guidance to sailors and the king. Since its inception and well into the current age, Jeronimos Monastery has remained a shining example of Portugal’s exquisite architecture.
Specifically, the monastery takes on a Gothic architectural style known as Manueline (taking its name from King Manuel I). This style can be characterized by its intricate sculptures and aquatic features (such as ropes and the king’s seal which depicts a sphere with bands representing the equator and the tropics) as it was born as a means to celebrate the Age of Discovery.
For any architecture lover, or visitor to Lisbon in general, this UNESCO World Heritage site is not to be missed.
Students & Youth; Seniors 65+: 5€ (50%off)
- First Sunday of every month;
- Researchers, journalists and tour guides with advance booking
- Children 12 and under
- Teachers/students for studies with advanced booking and verified documentation
City Bus Lines: 727, 28, 729, 714 and 751
Train: Belém station
Ferry: Belém Ferry station
For full details on the Monastery, admission, directions and more visit the official website here