Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jeronimos Monastery: UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Near the Belem Tower stands another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jeronimos Monastery. It's been said that the monastery is the most notable symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. Built in 1502 by King Manuel 1 to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage and in thanksgiving to Mother Mary for its success. Tombs of Vasco da Gama and poet Luis de Camoes are placed inside the monastery. Other prominent figures in Portuguese history are also entombed here like King Manuel and King Sebastiao.

The monastery is hug. It seemed to me like it covered a whole city block. Writing this post 1.5 years after the visit, many of the details are blurry now. Thankfully, I took a lot of photos.

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There is an area that required admission fee. I'm guessing the fee was for the cloisters. I cannot recollect now why we didn't go and see the cloisters.

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