Monday, August 3, 2015

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

The Jerónimos Monastery/Hieronymites Monastery is located near the shore of the parish of Belém in Lisbon. This is probably the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of DiscoveryIn 1983, along with Belém Tower, it was classified a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The construction of the monastery and church was inaugurated on the order of King Manuel I in 1502 and the initial planned construction period was only 8 years, however in reality, it was completed 100 years later!!! Thanks to unprecedentedly rich influx from tax on commerce from Africa and Orient, the architects were not limited to small-scale plans.

Soon after entering western portal of the Church of Santa Maria, there are two stone thumbs, Vasco da Gama and  Luís de Camões who is the greatest poet and chronicier of the Age of Discoveries. Both tombs were sculpted by Costa Mota, tio in a harmonious neo-Manueline style. The mortal remains of both were transferred to these tombs in 1880.

On December 13th, 2007, the Treaty of Lisbon was signed at the monastery.

1 comment:

  1. I love the atmosphere you catch in your photos. You always seem to create a feeling for the viewer and it becomes absorbing as well as interesting to look at. It is also nice that you give such informative comments too :)


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