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Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal, in Photos

By - May 23, 2012 (Updated: November 5, 2018)

This entry is part 3 of 23 in the series Portugal & Andalusia 2012.
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Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal

Our recent trip to Portugal and Andalusia included visits to numerous religious sites. By far, one of the most spectacular was Jerónimos Monastery, in Lisbon, Portugal. Today we share we you a photo tour of this impressive site.

Jerónimos Monastery, also known as the Hieronymites Monastery, or Mosteiro dos Jerónimos in Portuguese, was the second UNESCO World Heritage site we visited in Lisbon. It is listed alongside the nearby, and equally ornate, Belem Tower.

Started in 1501, Jerónimos Monastery took 100 years to build, on the site of the former home of the Hieronymite religious order. Its ornate style and the addition of newly discovered gold made it a symbol of Portuguese wealth and development.

Its home, at the mouth of the Tagus River made the church the primary place of worship for seamen entering or leaving Lisbon.

Approaching the monastery from the Monument to the Discoveries, you pass through a beautiful formal garden, to arrive at the ornate South Portal, designed by Juan de Castilho. This magnificent door is two stories tall and includes a sculpture of Henry the Navigator among its many carvings.

South Portal and interior of Jerónimos Monastery, in Lisbon, Portugal

South Portal (centre) and interior of Jerónimos Monastery, in Lisbon, Portugal

Inside the church, it is impossible not to be impressed by the huge, vaulted ceilings. Two rows of columns support the ceiling. Their organic design almost resembles trees reaching into the clouds.

Jerónimos Monastery Church Interior

Jerónimos Monastery Church Interior

The monastery itself is based around a huge (55 x 55m) cloister, open to the elements. This is surrounded by two stories of ornate archways. The decorations include nautical themes, animals, plants and other symbolic motifs.

The two storey cloister of Jerónimos Monastery

The two storey cloister of Jerónimos Monastery

Details of the cloister of Jerónimos Monastery

Details of the cloister of Jerónimos Monastery

I couldn’t help but wander through the cloister with my camera shutter clicking furiously. Back in my digital darkroom it was easy to envisage romantic, fairytale scenes. Here are a couple of my favourites:

The beautiful arched cloister

The beautiful arched cloister

View through the cloister arch

View through the cloister arch

A antique (looking) view on the cloister

An antique (looking) view on the cloister

The fairytale cloister

The fairytale cloister

Have you been to Jerónimos Monastery, in Lisbon? What did you think of your visit? Do you have any other favourite monasteries we should check out? Leave your comments below.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson
Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian travel writer, author, and photographer. She is the founder of Cheeseweb.eu, a website dedicated to slow and sustainable travel, off-the-beaten-path destinations, and cultural awareness through travel. She and her husband, Andrew, are the founders of RockFort Media, committed to helping entrepreneurs tell their stories online. Alison has visited over 45 countries and, after living in Belgium for 11 years, now lives full-time in a Bigfoot motorhome named Yeti with Andrew and their well-travelled cat.
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