Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
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Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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No expense was spared when they built this masterpiece of Manueline and Gothic architecture in 1502, which was inspired by Vasco da Gama who is buried here with other great navigators of the past.
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Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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bluebay06
La Spezia, Italy2,124 contributions
Nov 2022
The visit to the Jerónimos Monastery is in fact realized with two separate visits. Although the access is the same, there are usually two queues, the one on the right is for the Church of Santa Maria and the one on the left is for the Monastery. If you want to visit the church, just get in line as access is free even if regulated to avoid overcrowding. The visit of this church is very interesting and inside there are also two more recent Neomanueline tombs in which the mortal remains of the explorer Vasco da Gama and the main Portuguese poet Luís de Camões were transferred. For access to the Monastery it is necessary to have a ticket which can be purchased online or by queuing at the other entrance of the monastery a few tens of meters on the left. The visit to the Monastery is realized by accessing the vast square cloister in a path that includes a visit to the upper storey and then to the lower one. The decorations and columns in both storeys offer excellent photo opportunities. The men's restroom is located on the upper floor, while the women's restroom is just before the exit, after the large refectory, on the lower floor. It is certainly an interesting visit even if it is limited to che cloister only and for this reason it normally takes a few tens of minutes.
Written November 26, 2022
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,739 contributions
Oct 2022
The Jeronimos Monastery stands out in Belem on the main street. The building is a block long and has several attractions inside, each with its own entrance door and fee. All are closed on Mondays. The more popular attractions, the Cloister (5E) and the Church of Santa Maria (free), are located at one end of this building and have separate line-ups to enter. The Archaeology Museum, entrance along the main street, and the Marine Museum, entrance on the side street, are the other attractions at the Monastery. This building was paid for by the spice trade, particularly pepper. The Church, which is important for its tomb of Vasco da Gama and the royals - King Manuel and Queen Maria, was a sailors' church as they would visit the church prior to sailing to distant lands. Consequently the carvings on the exterior doors have motifs that reflect the exotic plants and animals and twisted rope the seamen would encounter. We went to visit the Church with a tour group, but our visit was limited to the exterior, because the Church was closed on a Tuesday for a function.

From the Monastery, it's an easy walk to the Discoveries Monument by the riverside (use the underground pedestrian tunnel at the end of the Square, Jardim de Praca) or to the coffee shop/bakery called, Pasteis de Belem, to line-up to buy a custard tart. McDonald's is located in the park across the road. A block further down is the new Coaches Museum with 100 coaches used by royals which I would like to visit on my next stay in Lisbon. The Palace of Ajuda and its Treasury Museum are a short bus ride up the hill.

There are a lot of attractions in Belem and nearby. One could easily spend a day in Belem.
Written December 20, 2022
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Tiffany B
Washington DC, DC8 contributions
Feb 2023
I'd recommend buying a ticket via an app ahead of time, otherwise, you can go into the Archaeological Museum to buy a ticket. (We bought via an app for sake of ease.) Please just make sure you have a ticket! Don't queue for 2 hours only to get to the front to not have a ticket.

I personally would not queue for more than an hour to visit the monastery, especially if weather conditions are not ideal (heat, rain, etc.). I think the church is more beautiful and impressive than the monastery BUT the monastery is also beautiful and impressive.

If you have to choose one to see and don't want to wait in line, then see the church (free entry). If you have time to kill and can stand in line for 1-2 hours, then see the monastery and then get in line to see the church.
Written March 3, 2023
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baywanderer
San Francisco, CA338 contributions
Feb 2023
Warning: unless you buy an advance ticket on line, you will need to go through three lines, one to get your ticket, one to enter the monestary and one to enter the church. Each can take from 30 minutes to an hour. The ticket line is separate from the monestary line and located in the archaeological museum some distance away.

There are no timed entry except for authorized groups between 9:30 and 10:30.

Suggestion: buy ticket in advance and show up near closing to avoid long wait for an attraction worth about 45 minutes.
Written March 10, 2023
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Lara v
Leiden, The Netherlands5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The monastery was very pretty and worth a visit. We did however expect a bit more from it, you could only walk around the courtyard and a few rooms inside. We had the lisboa card so this monestary was included, we could join the line immediately without purchasing a ticket. It was very busy however, inside and outside. The line moved pretty quickly luckily, but inside there were a lot of people, so you had to make pictures fast if you don't want other people in them. We were there around 11am, so it was during the busiest hours. If you don't mind waiting a bit it is worth a visit, otherwise you should come earlier in the morning.
If you enjoyed this monestary or if you hate crowds, I definitely recommend São Vicente de Fora monestary, we were almost the only ones in there (also during 11am) and it had beautiful rooms and 360 view roof.
Written September 2, 2022
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Allan T
Toronto, Canada105 contributions
May 2023
This was the only attraction I declined to see in Lisbon, and I don't regret it. Twice within a week, I ventured here and twice the lines were insanely long, despite a system of timed tickets. We're talking 60-90 minutes baking under the sun, according to live postings on social media. Forget it. A vacation is about relaxing, not working. Yes, the monastery exterior is beautiful from the outside. But I can't speak about the interior. If you go to Belem, check out the nearby contemporary art museum, the explorers' monument and the Tower instead, all within walking distance. Whoever runs the monastery must overhaul its ticketing and queuing system, because now it's losing visitors like me.
Written May 24, 2023
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Elize
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Oct 2022
The steep entry fee (EUR10) if you can afford it, is worth the amazing views inside the monastery; it is quite different from the church with free entry. Note, however, that there is a long queue to enter the monastery, even after buying your tickets. The signage isn't very clear, but if you still require tickets, from the tram stop, walk along the queue, go to the museum, and then fall in line. I waited 50 min in the heat and sun, so come prepared with water and sunscreen. For those wanting to beat the crowds, keep in mind that the tram ride from central Lisbon (Praça do Comércio) to Mosteiro dos Jeronimos takes about 40 min and is packed with no aircon. Combing the Monastery with Belem Tower for a day trip makes the expensive and uncomfortable tram ride well worth it.
Written October 10, 2022
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Katie P
Flintshire, UK784 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Despite arriving shortly after opening time and purchasing our tickets in advance (despite booking a time slot for your ticket, you all have to go in the same queue and cannot skip ahead) we had an hour and a half wait which was unpleasant. There were a few frustrated tourists that tried to forcefully skip the queue or sneak in front. When inside it has a fascinating atmosphere and has high ceilings with grand architecture. There is little to no information when inside so bring a guide book or have some information to hand from the internet to support your visit. The long wait to get into the building really damped our experience and there must be a more efficient way to manage all the tourists. We couldn’t face another queue so did not visit the church next door.
Written January 12, 2023
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lindawelsa
Riga, Latvia381 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We got in day when was first Sunday of month and it was free. We didn’t need this entrance for free, but we were there and wanted to look inside.

Please put some sign in website if it is for free then as well aware to take the ticket where written archeology museum, otherewise like we and others who were standing in the queue 1,5 h and even ask before the security is it really for free - yes! We continue to stand! After 1,5 h in the queue - sorry we and othere just turn away not to visit this important place.
Please put some signs or signs on the queue to avoid such experience for others!
Written April 5, 2023
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Abovetheclouds
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Apr 2022 • Solo
Stunning beyond words. Go at 10:00 as it is so busy later. They open at 10:00. I got there just before 10:00 and the line was long but not too bad and it moved quick. I was in within twenty minutes. When I came out after I had finished, lord have mercy! There was almost triple the number of people and so many tour groups. Chaos. Please buy your ticket online as you will otherwise need to get this separately on the day and wait in two long lines! Fast track does not mean you go in quicker. Just be careful as there are some dodgy websites. The ticket price at time of writing April 2022, for a basic adult ticket is €10.00. The architecture and detail is just breathtaking. You can also appreciate it better by going early when it is less crowded. My main negative is that there is limited information and I was kicking myself that I forgot my guide book! You will end up doing what me and most people were doing and that was looking, admiring and taking photographs but missing the important detail. After you have finished, go to Pastéis de Belém which is a two minute walk away and then the Belém Tower which is less than twenty minutes by foot. The Belém Tower is less busier and does not need as much time.
Written April 15, 2022
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