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The Jeronimos Monastery

Near the place where the Prince Henry, in mid-century. XV, ordered to build a church onthe invocation of St. Mary of Bethlehem, the King wanted Manuel I built a large monastery. To perpetuate the memory of Prince, for his great devotion to Our Lady andbelief in S. Jerome D. Manuel I in 1496 decided to found the Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém, near the city of Lisbon, near the River Tagus. Donated to the monks of the Order of St. Jerome, is now commonly known as the Jeronimos Monastery.

The Monastery is a cultural reference that did not escape or to artists, writers and travelers during the five centuries of its existence. It was host and burial of kings, laterpoets. Today is admired by every one of us, not only as a remarkable piece ofarchitecture, but as an integral part of our culture and identity.

The Jeronimos Monastery was declared a National Monument in 1907 and in 1983UNESCO classified it as "Cultural Heritage of Humanity."

The Jeronimos Monastery, Belém, Lisbon, Portugal

Photos: Celso Gonçalves Roc2c

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