Lisbon Jeronimo Monastery is listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list and is the resting place of Vasco da Gama. Jeronimo Monastery is the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth in the great geographical discoveries.
King Manuel I built it in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator, where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal, praying before going to India. Was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition to thank Mary for the success of this trip.
Tomb of Vasco da Gama was placed inside near the entrance, as the poet Luis de Camoes grave. This is Portugal's national poet and author of "Luisiadelor", a work dedicated to the great epic of major discoveries and conquests of the Portuguese explorers. Other important figures of Portuguese culture and history are buried here. King Manuel and King Sebastiao but poets such as Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.
The monastery was inhabited by monks of the Order of Saint Jeronimo, whose duty was to provide spiritual guidance to seafarers and to pray for the soul king. In terms of architecture, the monastery is a triumph of Gothic Europe, many design details are very elaborate and detailed moldings for various reasons. Architecture used to build the monastery became known as Manueline style, a style of art that served to glorify the great discoveries of the age.
Clausters are indeed impressive, each column is carved differently sea monsters, coral and marine otherwise very suggestive. Are impressive and murals depicting the biblical story of Joseph. The interior is spacious and decorated with relief carvings. Outside there is a beautiful garden founded in 1940, which can be seen various coats of arms of some regions of Portugal. In the center of this garden there is a fountain and decorated with flags and lit it on special occasions.