Jeronimos Monastery in Belém
In the westernmost part of Lisbon we find the historic neighborhood of Belém. Famous for its cream cakes, it also hides some of the most interesting tourist places in the Portuguese capital: the Jeronimos Monastery and the Belém Tower.
From the center of Lisbon we go up to tram 15E and in about 20 minutes we arrive at Belém following the river side. You can get on the tram from the Praça Figueira itself or from the Praça de Comercio.
Upon arriving at the Jeronimos Monastery we found a long line to acquire the tickets but we do not faint in our attempt and wait. The interesting part of the queue is that you can enter and visit the church adjacent to the great building and thus doing turns we entertain ourselves during the wait admiring the loaded Main Chapel which in turn shelters the tomb of the famous sailor Vasco da Gama and the writer Luis from Camoes.
You enter through the west gate whose details are already worth admiring so the wait did not pass in vain either.
Exterior views of the Jeronimos Monastery
The entrance to the Monastery leaves by 7 euros for adults and if you want to also add the visit to the nearby Torre de Belém you will get 10 euros.
The origin of this Monastery dates back to the mid-fifteenth century when the infant Dom Henrique decided to build a church to remedy the spiritual needs and which Lisbon lacked at the time. With time and already at the time of King Dom Manuel, the Jeronimos monastery was built, extending the monument along the Praça do Império with late Gothic and Renaissance motifs.
However, the visit to the interior is concentrated in a small part of the complex. The entrance covers the church, the area of the cloister where you will find the tomb of the famous writer Fernando Pessoa, a second floor of the same with superior views of the Main Chapel.
Inside Cloister of the Jeronimos Monastery