Located in the Belém district and designed in Portuguese late-Gothic style, this spectacular religious complex was associated with early Portuguese explorers and conquerors. For example, legend has it that Vasco da Gama spent his last night here, before traveling to the Far East, and his tomb can now be visited in the lower choir of the Church of Santa Maria. Throughout its history, this grand monastery also served as a burial place for kings. The complex consists of a church and a convent and it is popular for its rich and beautiful decorations, such as the cloister with its decorated arches. The monastery was declared a UNESCO World Heritage monument in 1983. A definite must-see.With this access, learn more about how King Manuel I commissioned the monastery in 1496 to honor the Infante for his devotion to Our Lady and faith in St. Jerome. Discover how the monastery of St. Mary of Belém was donated to the monks of the Order of St. Jerome. For this reason, it is commonly known as the Jerónimos Monastery. This national monument was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and is located near the city of Lisbon, next to the Tagu River. In 1833, when the order was dissolved, the monastery was used as a school and orphanage until 1940. In the 19th century, the church became the monument for local heroes and poets such as Luís de Camões and Vasco da Gama. Come and discover what is not simply a notable work of architecture, but also an important part of Portuguese identity and culture.
• Admission is free at National Museums and Monuments on Sundays and holidays for residents of Portugal • Only the church and Lower Cloister are accessible to those with reduced mobility • Last admission at 5:00 PM • Jerónimos Monastery opening hours are 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, October to May; and 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM, May to September • The monastery is closed on Mondays, and January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, June 13 and December 25
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