It was built during most of the 16thC to commemorate the naval achievements of Vasco de Gama to the Far East, which secured Portugal early prominence as a colonial power. Legend says that he and his crew spent their last day here before disembarking. It was also the gold that Vasco brought back from his explorations that financed the church’s construction.
The monastery is, together with the Belem Tower, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.
Traditional Desserts of Portugal