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Hieronymite Monastery
In 1907 it was declared a National Monument and in 1984 it was classified “Cultural Heritage of all Humanity”. UNESCO says: "Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites - construction of which began in 1502 - exemplifies Portuguese art at its best."
Hieronymite Monastery: monastic cloisters are among the finest in Portugal
The Jerónimos Monastery is usually referred to as the “jewel” of the Manueline style. The cloisters are magnificent, each column differently carved with coils of rope, sea monsters, coral, and other sea motifs evocative of that time of world exploration at sea. Here is also the entrance to the former refectory that has beautiful reticulated vaulting and tile decoration on the walls depicting the Biblical story of Joseph.
Hieronymite Monastery: jewel of the Manueline style
Hieronymite Monastery: rest in the shade of the cloister
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Hieronymite Monastery: manueline style

The church interior is spacious with octagonal piers richly decorated with reliefs, and outside is a garden laid out in 1940 consisting of hedges cut in the shape of various municipal coats of arms of Portugal. In the center is a large fountain also decorated with coats of arms, often illuminated on special occasions.

In 1496, King D. Manuel I asked the Holy Sé for permission to build a large monastery on the banks of the river Tagus. The works started in 1501 and almost a century later everything was done. D. Manuel I and his descendants were buried in marble tombs located in the chancel of the church and in the transept lateral chapels.

Dedicating the monastery to the Belém Virgin was another factor that influenced the royal decision. The Jerónimos Monastery replaced the church of Saint Mary of Belém where monks of the Christ Order gave assistance to sailors passing through. For this reason, D. Manuel I chose the monks of the Saint Jerónimo Order whose functions were to pray for the soul of the king and give spiritual assistance to the sailors that left Praia do Restelo in discovery of new lands.

Because the monastery was built on the sand banks of the river Tagus, the great earthquake of 1755 had little effect on the structure.


open hours:
Winter: from 10h00 to 17h00 (no Monday); Summer: from 10h00 to 18h00 (no Monday)
price:
up to 15: 0€; from 15: 10€
free entrance:
Sunday, from 10h00 to 14h00
address: Praça do Império
phone: +351 213 620 034
www: www.mosteirojeronimos.pt
Train: Belém (Cais do Sodré - Cascais)
Tram: 15
Bus: 714,727,728,729,751
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The Maritime Museum is a museum located in the west wing of the Hieronymite Monastery. You can see here: different kinds of boats, royal barges, charts, maritime instruments and historical seaplane.
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