Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Historic Sites, Religious Sites, Romantic, Sightseeing
One of Lisbon's most impressive historic landmarks, this early 16th-century monastery is a masterpiece of Manueline architecture and stands as a monument to Portugal's great age of exploration, its... Read More
One of Lisbon's most impressive historic landmarks, this early 16th-century monastery is a masterpiece of Manueline architecture and stands as a monument to Portugal's great age of exploration, its Golden Age of Discovery. Commissioned in 1501 by King Manuel I to celebrate Vasco da Gama's voyage to India in 1498 which initiated the lucrative spice trade, the building dazzles with its exuberant decoration which unites religious themes with nautical motifs and filigree stonework of astonishing detail. The arcaded cloister is especially rich in ornamentation. A highpoint, quite literally, of any visit is the spectacular church nave and its vaulted, spider web-like ceiling supported by columns resembling twisted rope. The tomb of Vasco da Gama is located near the entrance. Opposite, lies another sepulchre, that of the 16th-century poet Luís de Camões, whose epic poem Os Lusìadas chronicles the Discoveries. The building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Don't miss the "A Place in Time" permanent exhibition staged in the old library that chronicles the monastery's 500-year history."
- Sightseeing: "If you visit Sunday morning, entrance is free. Alternatively, arrive late afternoon long after the tour buses have departed."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: One of Portugal's greatest historic monuments, Jerónimos is also among the most celebrated of European monasteries and deserving of its World Heritage status.
- Best for Sightseeing Because: The more controlled organisation of this official tour allows passengers to thoroughly absorb the sightseeing experience in total comfort.