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Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon

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Architectural Building Religious Site
Inspired by Vasco da Gama, Jeronimos Monastery serves as a great example of Late Gothic Manueline architecture. You can tour the church, where several important events have occurred since the Middle Ages. Limestone sculptures inside the church pay homage to historical naval expeditions. Its impressive, ornate architectural style is partly why this World Heritage Site has become famous. The monastery was founded in 1495, though its structure was not completed for more than a century, in 1601. Vasco da Gama is buried here, along with other notable explorers. You can also visit the site's Maritime Museum and National Archeology Museum, as well as the nearby Tower of Belém. Use our Lisbon trip generator to arrange your visit to Jeronimos Monastery and other attractions in Lisbon.
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  • Outside of the city centre, about 20 minutes by taxi is the area called Belem where Jeronimos Monastery is located. We arrived around 10am in the morning and the queue's for the cloisters were horrend...  more »
  • So much to see at this wonderful place. But - a word of advice. The queues in the morning are horrendous. Go in the mid afternoon to avoid them.  more »
  • It was a pleasure to visit this old monastery, now museum. The history behind it and the story of the persecution of the monks was saddening. However, the salvation of the building is its' design, str...  more »
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  • Amazing place. You just can't help but wonder how was it possible to achieve such fine craftsmanship back then, with all the elements looking like if they came out from a production line but you know they were made by hand. Astounding roofs, beautiful walkways. Don't worry about the waiting line, it's usually very long but moves fast.
  • Cloister beautiful. Two places to buy tickets at entrance, both with lines but sometimes there is no one. You can have access to choir of church with monastery visit. Church has separate entrance and times and is a must. Church opens after 1500 and is free.
  • Better churches in England for free. Any cathedral in England has better cloisters. Also you don't need to queue for 15 min and pay ten quid. Just join the other queue for the church. Boom.
  • The church wasn't very impressive. But overall there was some lovely architecture and it was a very calming experience. The carvings were really really nice though
  • Nice monument; worth visiting although if you've been to Bath or any roman monument or would give it a skip. Hack to get in.. go to the entrance for the museum instead and buy tickets to get in so as to avoid the long line and queues.

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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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