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Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon

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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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  • Without a doubt the Jerónimos Monastery is worth be visited together with the Tower of Santa Maria de Belém, as between a site and the other a kilometer walking really nice.
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  • The light on the stonework, the calm of the church and the beauty of the light in the cloisters make for a peaceful and calming visit. We had visited the Torre de Belem first, and while there, were of...  more »
  • Simply enchanting especially at sunset, a historic site where you enter and are enchanted with the things you see.
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  • Justifiably made a World Heritage Site, this is more than your run-of-the-mill ornamented monastery. It encapsulates 500 years of political and church history in Portugal. The queues for entry direct to the monastery may be long, but enter through the entrance to the archaeological museum to enjoy a smoother transit and a rather eclectic collection of Portuguese-gathered archaeological finds from around the world before entering the monastery's main pubic spaces without the wait.
  • The Jeronimos monastery ( "Jeronimos") is located in the district of Belém in Lisbon city. Was made in Manueline style by architect Diogo de Boitaca, it was built by King Manuel I to celebrate the return of the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama, after having discovered the sea route to India. There is a legend on montastero where it is said that it was built where there was the little church Ermida do Restelo, in which the navigator and his crew, spent in prayer the night before his departure for the journey that took them to the discovery of the route to India, has turned out crucial for the history of humanity. They began to build it in 1502 and was finished after about one hundred years. The funds were derived from taxes levied on the import of spices from the Indies. The Manueline style with which it was built, is characterized by the blending of decorative elements of the late Gothic and Renaissance motifs. An exception is the main and lateral portal, the interior of the church and the cloister. The chapels of the church were restored in Renaissance style in the sixteenth century and contain the tombs of Manuel I and his family as well as other King of Portugal. Just inside the main entrance are the tombs, in neo Manueline, the navigator Vasco de Gama and the poet Luís de Camões browser. In the chapel of the cloister, resting from 1985, the mortal remains of the writer Fernando Pessoa.
  • Thanks Ryan your tip on a multi ticket worked a treat. Queues are everywhere unless you had a multi ticket then you pass the queue of people waiting for tickets, go right to the front, present your ticket and viola no waiting. One tip if you go to the large main door to the museum of archaeology along the side of the building, the ticket desk there is very quiet, so no queue anywhere. Have a chilled relaxed visit we did, oh if you are over 65 there is a reduction also. Cost us 24Euro for me and Dad.
  • I visited the monastery on Saturday 11/05 around 10:45am and only waited 20 minutes in line. Admission was free that day and I didn't mind the wait. The cloisters are stunning even if it was a bit crowded. I managed to get a few good shots.
  • We saw jeronimoes monastery, the museum or archeology, and the tower of Belem with a ticket we bought at the museum of archeology. Pro tip, skip the very long line at the monastery by buying this package from the museum next door. Nearby, you can buy pastel de Nata from the famous Belem bakery. You'll want to eat them right away, they get soft if you leave them in the packaging. The monastery itself is amazing if you like history or religion at all. The stonework is elaborate, and the details are seldom repeated. I think it was well worth the $16 we paid for all three attractions, even if you only go to the monastery and pay the rest just to skip the hour long line in the sun.