Jeronimos Monastery in Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

One of the most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Belém
area of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, is the Jerónimos Monastery.

Jerónimos Monastery in Belém Lisbon Portugal

It was built in the amazing beautiful Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline
style of architecture.

Some royal history

On 6 January 1501 the construction of the monastery and the church started,
100 years later it was completed.

King Manuel originally funded the project with moneys of the commerce
from Africa and the Orient.

Jerónimos Monastery in Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

It was King Manuel himself who selected the religious order of the
Hieronymite monks to occupy the monastery, whose role it was to pray
for the King's eternal soul and to provide spiritual assistance to navigators
and sailors who departed from the port of Restelo to discover the world.

On 16 July 1604, Philip of Spain (he ruled of Portugal after the Iberian
Union) made the monastery a royal funerary monument. He prohibited anyone
but the royal family and the Hieronymite monks from entering the building.
In 1640, Portugal became independent again.

Jerónimos Monastery in Belém Lisbon Portugal

In 1755 the monastery withstood the Lisbon earthquake without much damage.
On 28 December 1833, the Jerónimos Monastery was secularized by state decree.
After 1860, restoration work began.

Inside the Monastery

The monastery symbolizes the Portuguese Age of Discovery.

On 13 December 2007, the Treaty of Lisbon was signed at the monastery,
laying down the basis for the reform of the European Union.

Jerónimos Monastery - inside - Belém, Portugal

To see some pictures about the signing of the Treaty of Lisbon, check this

own pictures taken in March 2017

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