This monastery in the district of Belém, Lisbon, was designed in the late Gothic style and is considered one of the most important buildings of the city. This is where several monarchs and royal family members are buried, among them also the Portuguese explorers Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões, as well as the poet Dichter Fernando Pessoa.
This is the building that shapes the district of Belém in a distince manner. With its nicely decorated facade of limestone, it is a particular touristic attraction. Visitors should also get to see the cloyster and the picturesque patio.
When Vasco da Gama came back from his firt trip to India, he was ordered to built this monastery by Manuel I of Portugal as the trading revenues could fund the building.
In 1601 the construction was finished and host the Order of Saint Jerome until the first half of the 20th century. Earthquakes couldn’t harm the monastery, but the troops of Napoleon Bonaparte did so.
Since 1983, the monastery is UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2007 this was the place where the Treaty of Lisbon to reshape the European Union wash signed.
In its side wings there are the Naval Museum and the Archeological Museum.
October to April: from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
May to September: from 10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Closed: Sundays and 1 January, 1 May, 13 June and 25 December