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© Catarina Ribeiro
© Catarina Ribeiro
© Catarina Ribeiro

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Hieronymites Monastery)

  • Original Authors:
  • Diogo de Boitaca ,
  • João de Castilho ,
  • Diogo de Torralva ,
  • Jerónimo de Ruão
  • (Séc. XVI)

Located in Belém, a historical and monumental backdrop that evokes the Portuguese Discoveries, this monastery was built by King Manuel I to preserve the memory of Prince Henry, the Navigator, and his devotion. Considered a masterpiece of 16th century Portuguese architecture, it is both classified as National Monument and, since 1983, part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. A symbol of some of the most important moments of Portuguese collective memory, this monastery—also known as Real Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Belém (Royal Monastery of Saint Mary of Belém)—is an example of the Manueline, with a profusion of religious, nautical and royal elements, immortalized in the stone it is made of. Occupied by the monks of the Order of Saint Hieronymus until the second quarter of the 19th century, it preserves the splendour of the church as well as the magnificent monastic premises, such as the old dining hall and the old library room. Jerónimos is the house that shelters the tombs of major personalities in the History of Portugal, recalling the memory of kings or poets. More than a remarkable work of architecture, it is currently part of the country’s culture and identity.

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