Thursday, October 26, 2017

PORTUGAL ~ Jeronimos Monastery - Lisbon - UNESCO ~

...  Great postcard nr2... stunning unique architecture and very impressing building... the most prestigious and grandest place of worship in Lisbon... one of the most popular tourist sights... a structure deeply entwined with the country’s history... sailors could go to the monastery to pray before setting off on their next voyage and to receive spiritual guidance from the monks... Thanks so much once more dear Andrene!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

The Jeronimos Monastery was built by King Manuel I and it was he who dedicated it to the Hieronymites order. The building is predominantly in Manueline style (Portuguese late Gothic). The monastery is also situated in the Belem district of western Lisbon.

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
(Issued 12-05-2017)

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