Anyone who comes to Lisbon wants to visit Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. That monument it is one of the most famous and represents the time of the discoveries.
Considered a world heritage by UNESCO since 1983, it is a must for anyone who comes to the Portuguese capital. It has been classified as a National Monument since 1907, and on July 7, 2007 it was considered as one of the seven wonders of Portugal. It has, since 2016, the status of National Pantheon and registers a total of 807 854 visitors in 2014 and 944 000 in 2015.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos or Mosteiro of Santa Maria de Belém is a Portuguese monastery of the Order of St. Jerome, which was built in the 16th century. Situated in the parish of Belém, it is the culmination of the Manueline architecture and landmark shortly after Vasco da Gama returned from his trip to India, being the monastery the most remarkable Portuguese monastic set of its time and one of the main churches of Europe.
In 1496, D. Manuel I asked the Holy See for authorization to build a large monastery at the entrance of Lisbon, and the work began in 1502 with several architects and builders, among them Diogo Boitaca and João de Castilho, fundamental in its conclusion.
Connected to the moments of national memory, the monastic ensemble retains a large part of the magnificent convent buildings, including the 16th-century Cloister, the old monastery hall and the Old Library room.
Built in limestone extracted from quarries, it represents a regal and naturalistic symbology.
The most remarkable of the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is its axial door facing west, with sculptural compositions related to the life of Mary and Christ.
In Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, it is possible to see tombs of the kings D. Manuel I and his wife, D. Maria, D. João III and his wife D. Catarina, D. Sebastião, D. Henrique, Vasco da Gama, Luís Vaz de Camões , Alexandre Herculano and Fernando Pessoa.
Connected to the Portuguese Royal House and the epic of the Discoveries, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of the symbols of the nation. Located in Praça do Império, 1400-206 – Lisbon, the price is € 10 (users aged 65 or over, parents + children (from 4 members), large family and student card) and the schedule is: October to April: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.) / May to September: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 6 p.m.) – Closed on Mondays and on 01/01, 12.
Enjoy and visit the Tejo River and eat some Pastéis de Belém