An amazing afternoon discovering the magnificent Monastery in Belem
On the 17th of May, the students of our school experienced an adventurous afternoon visiting the Jerónimos Monastery. On board of the tram number 15, we reached the bright and pretty District of Belém.
Firstly, we entered in the cloister. Our attention was immediately draw in its distinctive style: the Manueline. We could recognize, among the numerous decorations, some maritime elements (such as anchors and ropes) that recall the overseas discoveries started in the 15th century.
Afterward, we reached the second floor of the cloister, what allowed us to observe this architectural exclusivity from a different perspective. The vibrant light of the sun made it even more pleasing. We entered the higher choir of the church, and from there we could appreciate a complete view of the naves and the altar.
Back down, we entered in the room where is the tomb of Alexandre Herculano. This man was a politician, a journalist, a thinker and the founder of modern historiography in Portugal.
Later, we moved to the Refeitório, where the monks used to eat. The Manueline style is perfectly set with the azulejos that cover its walls. Here we also found a painting representing St. Jerónimo
The last stop of the tour was the magnificent church. At the entrance, on the left, there is the chapel of “Senhor dos Passos”. We stood there looking at it breathless: it is, in fact, completely covered with the gold that the Portuguese brought from Brasil. It is also here that we found the tombs of Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões.
And what better way to finish than enjoying a famous Pastel de Belém? The afternoon couldn’t have been better!
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Here you can see some of the photos of our event!
The construction of the church as a symbol of the Portuguese overseas expansion
Which is one of the mandatory and wonderful places to see if you are in Lisbon? On May 17th, our language school in Lisbon will offer to the students the chance to visit the majestic Jerónimos Monastery. It is located in the Belém district, in the west of the city centre, which we will reach by tram. Here, we will enter in the famous church, in the cloister and we will take a tour through the Jerónimos Monastery’s gardens.
Our history teacher, Indira Leão, will tell us the origins and the historical events linked to the Jerónimos Monastery. A closely related topic is the discoveries made during the Kingdom of the king D. Manuel I.
The construction of the building began in the 16th century and continued for more than a hundred years. The purpose of the king was to celebrate the most important historical time of the Portuguese nation. The period of the “Descobrimentos Portugueses”. We will understand better how its edification was associated to the Portuguese overseas expansion. Indira will mention an interesting fact that involves Vasco da Gama. He spent the night in prayer there before departing on the journey that led him to discover the maritime route to India.
The visit will also allow us to appreciate the architecture of the building. The style is the Late Gothic Manueline.
At the end of the tour, we can spend a happy time socializing and drinking something in a multi-ethnic atmosphere.
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the history of Lisbon and to practice your Portuguese in a different way. As usual, our teacher will speak in Portuguese and English.