March 27, 2008

Jeronimos Monastery

The Jeronimos Monastery in Belem, Lisbon, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a masterpiece of Manueline architecture.

The monastery was built to commemorate the successful voyage of Vasco da Gama to the Indies and was begun in 1502. The monastery would take a further 50 years to complete.

Jeronimos Monastery

A number of architects worked on the project including Diogo de Boitaca, the Spaniard Joao de Castilho, Diogo de Torralva and Jerome de Rouen. Work finally finished in 1580 after a number of stops and starts due to financing problems.

Jeronimos Monastery
Praça do Império
1400-206 Lisboa
Tel: 021 362 00 34
October - April 10am - 5pm
May - September 10am - 6pm
Closed Mondays and some public holidays


Bus: #27, #28, #29, #43, #49, #51e #112
Streetcar: #15
Train: From Cascais or Cais de Sodré on the Cascais Line. Get off at Belem Station.
Ferry: From Porto Brandao on south side of the River Tagus to Belem.

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