Price & Hours
- Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, also known as the Monastery of St. Jerome or the Jerónimos Monastery, is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Lisbon's Belém district. Exemplifying Portugal's Manueline style – a highly ornate style of architecture named after the king of the time (Manuel I) – the monastery was built during the Age of Discoveries to honor explorer Vasco da Gama, as he and his crew spent their last night in Portugal at the site before embarking on their famous journey to India in 1498. During the 17th century, the structure served as a monastery for monks, whose job was to comfort sailors and pray for the king. It eventually became a school and orphanage until 1940.
Today, visitors can explore the grounds at their own pace while admiring the detail present in the intricately carved pillars, cloisters and vaulted ceilings. Tourists can also stop by the Chapel of St. Jerome and the tombs, which contain notable Portuguese people in history including a handful of royals and Vasco da Gama himself. Travelers found the attraction's unique architecture to be stunning, and recommended a visit for that reason alone. However, some travelers complained of long lines, so plan to get here early to beat the crowds.
Admission costs 10 euros (a little more than $12) for adults; children 12 and younger enter for free. If you purchased a Lisboa Card, your admission fee is covered. The monastery is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from October to May and extended to a 6:30 p.m. closing time from May to September. It's important to note that the attraction is closed on Mondays in addition to select holidays. You can reach the Monastery of St. Jerome by taking the No. 15 tram from downtown Lisbon's Comercio Square. Several bus lines, including 727, 28 and 729, stop here as well. For more information, visit the Monastery of St. Jerome's website.
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