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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20 comments:

  1. Magnificent. Such a massively beautiful structure!

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  2. I am so glad you've been inspired! Good luck with your trip plans and finding the parade of giants. I have not heard of it. We only spent two days in Cordoba bc for us that was plenty. Where I would spend more time is Seville.

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  3. Hello, what a beautiful church! Gorgeous details inside and out. Lovely collection of photos. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend!

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  4. Amazing captures of the building facade and interior.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://alex.kakinan.com

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  5. I am reminded of my trip. You got good captures of interiors. I remember it was dark inside.

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  6. Wow that structure is elaborate and the decorations ornate. I learned something new today because of you.

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  7. Wow - it is beautiful! amazing shots.

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  8. When I look at such a monastery, Maria, I just stand there and stare. How did such a place become so different from what I always expected/assumed a monastery to be...humble, down-to-earth, relatable, etc.? Still, I'd want to see it, like a museum.

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  9. it is amazing how they managed to create buildings like this. Don´t think it would be possible today.

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  10. The word portuguese caught my eye lol, my mum's father's family were Spanish Portuguese so I like seeing photos like this :-)

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  11. Impressive details in these classic and very old buildings. Excellent series.

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  12. What an amazing place. The event in the plaza on my blog wasn't private; it's a restaurant.

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  13. Beautiful photos. I love visiting cathedrals, churches, monasteries - they are awesome!

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  14. Beautiful monastery. I love the details you shot of the ceiling.

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  15. You could spend all day there! Love the details you caught on the ceiling and the frescoes. Beautiful architecture.

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  16. I could never remember anything I did last week, what more 1.5 years later. Lol. Beautiful photos as always.

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