Lisbon: Belem: Jeronimos Monastery

Friday 4 May 2018

Next up on the Lisbon tour we had a trip to Belem to visit Jeronimos Monastery. Construction of the building began in 1501 and was completed 100 years later, it is the former monastery of the Order of Saint Jerome. The monastery is a beautiful example of late Gothic architecture and the building has since been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

If you want to visit make sure you book tickets in advance as the queues can get long. We paid for our entrance then had our tour round where we could view a number of the rooms and learn about the history of the monastery and Portugal itself.
Most notably there is a room with the history of Portugal mapped out in a few different languages, as well as information on a poet who is buried there.
I have to say this was the most stunning piece of architecture we saw while on the trip. It's
 well worth a visit just to take in the beauty.

At the end of the tour there is a breathtaking church where you can pay your respects, take a moment to pray or just admire the beauty of the architecture.

You have to take a tram to get to Belem- which we found confusing at first - but it is well worth the trip and the monastery is a must see sight with the Belem Tower being located just nearby you could make a day of it.

If you're heading to Lisbon make sure to add this onto your itinerary.

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