Lisbon's Impressive Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos), Facts

 
Written by SodaCoffee Staff |
Updated:

Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) is one of the most impressive examples of wealth and power that Portugal had during the Age of Discovery. It is one of the best examples of European Gothic architecture in the whole of Portugal.

Located in Lisbon, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos was home of the monks from the Order of Saint Jerome. Their spiritual purpose was to pray for the soul of the King and give guidance to sailors. It was the place that Vasco De Gama prayed before he set sail on his voyage to India, becoming the first European to visit the country.

The connection with the sea and exploring is evident throughout the building and the architecture is unlike anything that you would find elsewhere. It has become known as Manueline and is instantly recognizable by the way that is glorifies the discoveries of the age. The sculptural details are very elaborate and there are examples of maritime motifs throughout the buildings.

One of the best examples of the architecture in Jerónimos Monastery is in the cloisters. Each column is carved differently and everyone is connected to the theme of the sea. Motifs depicting coral and sea monsters show how exciting people found sea exploration at the time the Monastery was built.

The gardens are another must see part of the Monastery. The hedges are cut into municipal coats of arms and there is also a fountain that is decorated with these coats of arms. If you are lucky enough to visit the Monastery for a special event then you will probably see the fountain lit up and this really is a magnificent site.

Copyright © SodaCoffee.com

Author: SodaCoffee Staff
SodaCoffee.com is an ezine (online magazine) and community for writers, photographers, and communicators. It is a free resource that provides a forum for talented creatives to display their skills. By merely posting content you receive free perks such as blogs, a web page, and other resources to promote your work.
My External Website (External Website Opens in New Window)

Comments

Please Login to Comment
No comments have been posted. Be the first.



Hire a Writer

Top 10 Best Cities in the World to Photograph

The beauty, creativity, and impact of a photograph are clearly in the hands of the photographer. Photographers understand that the camera plays a rather small part in the creative process because a great picture can originate from any subject, destination, or city; assuming the photographer has &ldq Read More

Some Tidbits about the Language of Portugal

Travelers who want to be more in tune with the culture can learn the official language, European Portuguese, online. Podcasts, videos, and downloads are currently available. Whether you achieve fluency or familiarity, this is the quintessential Romance language. Teachers and translators are another Read More

Lisbon Portugal's Beautiful Architecture, Tradition, and Culture (Photos)

One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon gives nothing less than literally historical periods-worth of architecture, tradition, and culture for anyone to immerse in. Surrounded by the deepest blues of the Atlantic Ocean and rifted beautifully by the calm Tagus River, Lisbon is a majestic sight Read More