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“Stunning architecture, could do with more explanation” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Cloister of Jeronimos Monastery

The Cloister of Jeronimos Monastery
Belem, Portugal
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Ranked #4 of 9 Attractions in Belem
Type: Cultural
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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“Stunning architecture, could do with more explanation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

This is a fantastical building, which looks incredible from the inside. We were there in December, and the queue was quite large, perhaps an hour to get in. Having said that, it was worth it. As soon as you pay and enter you are met with the awesome stone sculpture work of the cloister, which being on two levels is very inspiring. This building is obviously continually looked after and compared to most monuments in this country it shows.

Also, the history timeline of the monastery, Portugal and the world were very impressive - it really helped to set the scene. It could however have done with more explanation. I found myself looking at incredible stonework, paintings and stained glass, unsure what I was looking at and its significance. I bought the guidebook, so have an ongoing opportunity to review the history, but I would have liked to know more at the time.

This is a must see as far as I am concerned.

Visited December 2013
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“An eye opener”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

I always find monasteries peaceful places and this was no exception. Even with the crowds of people there was still a tangible sense of calm among its stone walls and open courtyards. The real point of interest, however, came with the year by year history of the tower, Lisbon and Portugal in general leading from the foundation of the tower in medieval times right to the present day. I admit that I knew very little about Portugal's history before then, and it was most enlightening. Good value provided you incorporate the Tower of Belem into the combination ticket.

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“Beautiful architecture, full of history...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The building is beautiful from the outside and the church where the tomb of Vasco de Gama is, is an absolute masterpiece.

Visited November 2013
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“jeromimos Monastery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

It was very interesting but extremely crowded. I think October is a very busy time of year in Lisbon. But we enjoyed the experience.

Visited October 2013
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