Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon

The Hieronymites Monastery in Lisbon

Jeronimos Monastery is located about 15 minute drive from Belem Tower. You just need to go inland and turn east.

The Hieronymites Monastery in LisbonThe Hieronymites Monastery in Lisbon

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, as the monastery is called in Portuguese, was built on the orders of Manuel I in the first half of the 16th Century. It was a symbol of gratitude for a productive journey to India of the famous sailor, Vasco da Gama. The Monastery combines three architectural styles: Manueline, Gothic and Baroque and  due to its uniqueness it is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we can find the tombs of Vasco da Gama and Manuel I and his immediate family.

Vasco da Gama's tombVasco da Gama's tomb

Due to the importance of the monastery, the government decided in 2007 that one of the UE treaties was going to be signed there, namely, the Treaty of Lisbon.

Cloister passagesCloister passages

Personally, I was enchanted by the power of the monastery and pervasive tranquility despite the presence of groups of tourists. Maybe it was a mixture of the three architectural styles? Or maybe the fact that I was so worn out. Anyway, I still had a lot to see so I went to the 25 de Abril Bridge (The 25th of April Bridge).

The Church of Santa Maria de BelemThe Church of Santa Maria de Belem

Cloister passagesCloister passages