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Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon

The Monastery of the Hieronymites is situated near the Tagus River in the Belém District of Lisbon in Portugal. The monastery is historically associated with the early Portuguese seafarers and explorers. The construction of the monastery was ordered by King Manuel I to serve as a final resting place for members of the Royal Family and as a church for seafarers and explorers. The construction started in 1501. The monastery was built on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator, where Vasco da Gama spent the night before he departed on his first expedition to India in 1497. The monastery was completed in 1601. The monastery is the most impressive symbol of the power and wealth of Portugal during the Age of Discovery, a period from the beginning of the 15th century until the beginning of the 17th century. The Monastery of the Hieronymites is one of the great masterpieces of the Manueline style or Portuguese Late Gothic style. The monasteryis not only the final resting place for King Manuel I and his family, famous Portuguese writers are buried here, among them Luís de Camões, as well as the most famous and celebrated explorer and navigator Vasco da Gama. The Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon is one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. The monastery is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon. The Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém in Lisbon gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.

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Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon - Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: A fountain sculpted in the shape of a lion, situated in  the lower cloisters. The...

Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: A fountain sculpted in the shape of a lion, situated in  the lower cloisters. The monastery was dedicated to the Order of St. Jerome, the Hieronymites. The lion is the heraldic symbol of Saint Jerome. The Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon is the most impressive symbol of the power and wealth of Portugal during the Age of Discovery.

  1. Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon - Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: A fountain sculpted in the shape of a lion, situated in  the lower cloisters. The...

    Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: A fountain sculpted in the shape of a lion, situated in  the lower cloisters. The monastery was dedicated to the Order of St. Jerome, the Hieronymites. The lion is the heraldic symbol of Saint Jerome. The Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon is the most impressive symbol of the power and wealth of Portugal during the Age of Discovery.

  2. Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon - Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: The chancel of the Church of Maria de Belém was built in 1578 to house the tombs of the royal...

    Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: The chancel of the Church of Maria de Belém was built in 1578 to house the tombs of the royal family. The tombs of King Manuel I, his wife and other members of the royal family line the chancel. The tomb of King Manuel is supported by two sculpted elephants.

  3. Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon - Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: The richly decorated ceiling of one of the chapels of the monastery church. The construction of the...

    Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: The richly decorated ceiling of one of the chapels of the monastery church. The construction of the monastery was ordered by King Manuel I to serve as a final resting place for members of the Royal Family and as a church for seafarers and explorers.

  4. Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon - Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: The tomb of navigator Vasco da Gama, one of the most famous and celebrated explorers of the Portuguese...

    Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: The tomb of navigator Vasco da Gama, one of the most famous and celebrated explorers of the Portuguese Age of Discovery. The neomanuline tomb is situated in the nave of the Monastery Church of Santa Maria de Belém. Vasco da Gama was the first person to sail from Europe to India, by rounding the Cape of Good Hope.

  5. Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon - Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: One of the gargoyles of the cloisters, during a heavy rain shower a stream of water erupted out of...

    Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon: One of the gargoyles of the cloisters, during a heavy rain shower a stream of water erupted out of the mouth of a gargoyle. The construction of the cloisters started in the 16th century, the two storey cloisters were a revolutionary construction at the time. A fountain is situated at the centre of the cloisters.

  6. Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon - A classic mini in front of the Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon, Portugal. The monastery is situated close to the Tagus...

    A classic mini in front of the Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon, Portugal. The monastery is situated close to the Tagus River and the Tower of Belém in the Belém District of Lisbon. The monastery is one of the great masterpieces of the Manueline style, also known as Portuguese Late Gothic style. Since 1983, the Monastery of the Hieronymites is an UNESCO World Heritage.