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Monastery of the Hieronymites, Lisbon, Portugal
The Hieronymites Monastery, also written Jerónimos Monastery or Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, is a monastery in the Belém district of Lisbon. It was built on the site of Ermida do Restelo, the hermitage established by Henry the Navigator around 1450. Vasco da Gama and his men overnight at the hermitage in prayer before setting off on their expedition to India in 1497.
The Hieronymites Monastery was built on the orders of King Manuel I (1515-1521) to celebrate the successful return of Vasco da Gama from India. It soon became the house for seamen to offer their prayers before embarking on their voyages, or upon their return. The monastery was designed by Diogo de Boitaca in the Manueline style. De Boitaca is credited for originating this style, which was used on other churches, including the Monastery of Jesus of Setúbal in Setúbal.
Tower of Belém, Lisbon
The Tower of Belém, also called the Tower of St. Vincent, is one of the most famous icons of Lisbon. It is located near the Hieronymites Monastery. The tower was built in the early 16th century, and stands as an excellent example of the Portuguese Manueline style architecture.
The Tower of Belém is composed of a 4-storey tower that stands at a height of 30 meters (100 feet), and a bastion in the shape of an irregular hexagon. It was originally built on a small island in the Tagus River. The tower was built from lioz limestone, a rare form of building material found in the Lisbon area.
World Heritage Site Inscription DetailsMonastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 7th session of the World Heritage Committee in Florence, Italy, on 5 - 9 December, 1983.
Location: N38 41 30.984 W9 12 56.988 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Inscription Year: 1983
Inscription Criteria: III, VI
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