A visit to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

Tue, 24.09.2019

The church and the cloister of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

On the last 24th of September, our Portuguese language school organized a guided visit inside the church and cloister of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

Indira Leão, our history teacher, guided during this pleasant afternoon. We took the tram number 15E, that left us close to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos. Its magnificent architectural style amazed us.

We started to visit the cloister of Jerónimos. There, Indira explained us the characteristics of the monastery’s architectural style, called Manueline. The ropes, the sea plants, the anchors and other symbols related to the sea integrate the Manueline. The cloister passed through three phases of constructions. The first, at the beginning of the 16th century with the work of Diogo de Boitaca. The second with João de Castilho who started in 1517. The third and the last concluded by Diogo de Torralva between 1540 and 1541. Inside the cloister, we were able to find the tomb of Fernando Pessoa, by Lagoa Henriques, executed in 1985.

Then, we went to the church of Jerónimos. Besides this name, the church is also known for Igreja Santa Maria de Belém. Near the entrance, we could find the tombs of Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões, both from the 19th century. The sculptor of both tombs is Costa Mota (tio). On the left arm of the transept are buried the remains of Cardinal-King D. Henrique and the sons of D. Manuel I. On the right arm of the transept are the tombs of King D. Sebastião and the descendants of D. João III.

After the guided visit, we tasted the delicious Pastéis de Belém!

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Knowing the church and the cloister of Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

 Mosteiro dos Jerónimos makes part of the history of Lisbon, and had an important role during the Portuguese overseas expansion. Moreover, near Jerónimos we’ll be able to find the delicious Pastéis de Belém! It looks interesting and delicious, right? Come together with our Portuguese language school on the next 24th of September! Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will guide us inside the monastery.

The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, also known as Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Belém is a Portuguese monastery of the Hieronymite Order built in the 16th century. High point of Manueline architecture, this monastery is the most remarkable Portuguese monastic ensemble of its time. Its construction began at the initiative of the king D. Manuel I in the early 16th century and lasted over one hundred years.

We’ll be able to visit for free the church and the cloister of the monastery. Inside the church of Santa Maria de Belém, we’ll see the tombs of Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões. Continuing on the north wall are the confessionals and, on the south side, there are stained-glass windows. The authors are Abel Manta and R. Leone (already from the 20th century). On the left arm of the transept are buried the remains of Cardinal D. Henrique and the sons of D. Manuel I. On the right arm of the transept are the tombs of king D. Sebastião and the descendants of D. João III.

The cloister of Jerónimos was projected for the isolation of the monastic community. A pleasant and serene place that allowed the prayer, meditation, and recreation of the monks of the Hieronymite Order.

After the visit, we’ll taste the famous Pastéis de Belém.

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