Visiting the Hieronymites Monastery in the Belem area of Lisbon is a surreal experience. The towering building with it’s intricate and ornate facade is quite breathtaking as you approach and the head turning architecture continues as you walk through the doors of the massive building.
Having been built in 1459 for the Hieronymite religious order, this building has had a long and ever changing history. Fifty years later construction began on the cathedral and monastery, with building taking over 100 years until completion. From being the home of a religious order to an orphanage, this building has long been a symbol of the power wielded by Lisbon.
The interior of the Church of Santa Maria is impressive with high, vaulted ceilings and towering pillars that are reminiscent of trees growing up into the sky. Here you can also visit the tomb of the famous navigator, Vasco da Gama.
This is one sight that cannot be missed by anyone on a trip to Lisbon, Portugal.