Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsReligious SitesChurches & Cathedrals
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best?
This award is our highest recognition and is presented annually to those businesses that are the Best of the Best on Tripadvisor, those that earn excellent reviews from travelers and are ranked in the top 1% of properties worldwide.
Top ways to experience Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
The area
Address
Neighborhood: Belém
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.
Reach out directly
See what travelers are saying
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom2,171 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Read a lot about prior visiting
    This place was on the top of our list to visit when in Lisbon. We planned our visit on Monday. We took a tram No 15 which is running from Cais do Sodre to Belem where is the monastery. We saw it immediately when we departed the tram. The white colour of stone was just shining in the sun. When we came near I was surprised that we cannot see any people waiting - then we spotted information table and it was closed on Mondays. At least we saw the amazing stone carving by masters from the past.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2023
  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia6,162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Masterpiece
    The Jeronimos Monastry in Lisbon is the resting place of Vasco da Gama. His tomb is buried here. The monastry is a masterpiece and was built in the 16th centry with manuline architecture. It symbolise the weath of Portugal during the age of discovery.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 4, 2023
  • nina j
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular but be prepared to queue
    Beware the poor site signage and multiple queues. Although the site opens at 9.30am, the ticket office, midway along the front of the building, opens at 10am. Then there are 2 queues for entry. The left hand queue (looking from the street) is for ticketed entry to the monastery and cloisters. Tour groups have preference 0930-1030 so the queue moved very slowly...we waited 0930 to 11am. The right hand queue is for free entry into the church. If you want to see both you have to queue twice.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • fam27
    Toronto, Canada117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Beautiful place to visit. Take your time and look around - but even then it won’t take too long. There was a large queue when we went - we left and went for lunch close by and came back and lined up. We lined up for almost one hour - so be prepared. It is very beautiful though and a great place to visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • kimwillrule
    Singapore, Singapore5,806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cloisters
    Jeronimos Monastery, Belem: For whom the bells tolls. For those who persist in the lines. The lines are the longest for the monastery in Belem, out of all attractions. They start early in the morning and it’s a bit of a mayhem due to a lack of explanation at the site. So here goes. They are 2 separate lines – 1 for the monastery and 1 for the chapel. We waited 1.5 hours for the monastery in the baking summer sun. So bring your hats, sunnies, slap on the sun block, drink copious amounts of water and be prepared to stand in long lines (yes, even those with Lisboa cards). Those with young kids get an early shoo in. While in line, vendors sell you everything – hats, sunnies, scarves, jewellery. Once in, you’ll see the world’s most elaborate and lavish Gothic Manueline monastery. The lines and the curves are incredible. Historically, it’s also where the Treaty of Lisbon was signed. The Chapel shares dark Manueline influences and most notably, Vasco de Gama’s crypt. Oh, get your coffee and pasteis from the legendary Pateis de Belem down the road before you start your queuing vigil. #eatstylishtravelstylish
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Michael K
    1,039 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cloister and church
    The outside of the building is striking, but to take it all in, you have to be on the observation deck of Padrao dos Descobrimentos to get a full frontal view. You can tell where the entrance is by observing where the two long lines converge. The line on the left is for the monastery and the line on the right is for the church. However, the ticket office is located at the archaeology museum further down the street on the left. Once you are in the monastery, you enter the cloister immediately, and it is a beautiful sight. The church is equally stunning and it is free.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • Michael K
    1,039 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous church well worth visiting
    This is a beautiful church. It is absolutely gorgeous and is well worth visiting. Note that even though it is in the same complex as Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, it has a separate entrance and it is free. After or before visiting Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, you still have to line up to see this church.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • AnselmColom
    Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom2,888 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning cloisters
    Big queue to get in even with tickets bought in advance. 10 euros to get in. The cloisters are magnificent and your take lots of pictures. But unless I’m missing something, that’s it. We thought there would be a lot more to see including the history. The church is free to see if money and queuing is an issue.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Kara D
    Hoover, Alabama28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical!
    This place is magical and worth the long line in June to see. When we arrived shortly before out ticket time, we still had about an 1.5 hour wait (and the line was very long, stretching around the corner of building). But we had a great time chatting with tourists around us while waiting and enjoying the stunning exterior views. Note: inside does not take very long to see, maybe 30 minutes to an hour for the monastery alone, so take your time and enjoy (I rushed a little thinking was bigger inside). Also, go to church (separate but short line) to see it's interior and the Vasco da Gama tomb.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Drum_Davey
    Glasgow, United Kingdom250 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very impressive monastery but be prepared to queue a while
    Like a few of the reviews on here, the queue system could have been better organised and it was not obvious what we were queuing for. You have to wait a while to enter the church then do it all again for the monastery part. It is still very impressive inside and you can see a few tombs including Vasco da Gama. But it doesn’t take long to tour the monastery part, it is over quite quickly
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 30, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles32,522 reviews
Excellent
19,996
Very good
9,333
Average
2,400
Poor
454
Terrible
339

bernadette
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband’s card was picked from his wallet by couple gypsies at the sprawling garden/park.Mudos operandi- pretend that birds poop got into them and pointed to us that we got it too. They helped clean us and i noticed a liquid got poured on my head ( she said cabeza - meaning head) and that was when my husband helped in cleaning my head. We thought they were so helpful but we ended up losing a card from them. We did not notice at all not until after 3 hrs that i received a text from my bank declining purchases of $3000 , $3400 n $150 with pending $1900 n $1950 purchases. My bank cancelled our card , thanks to them we do not have to pay anything. I am hoping these people will be apprehended by the authorities . We Will never go back to Lisbon.
So bad experience. We have travelled a lot and this only happened to us in Lisbon. Not fun to be in Lisbon.
Written February 20, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

thetravelorganizer
Tega Cay, SC588 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Tip #1: Don’t get in the first line you see (the line closer to Pasteis de Belem); that is the entry line. First, you need to buy your tickets from the kiosks at the entrance mid-building (turn right after entering to find the kiosks). Tip #2: There are 2 entry lines. The one on the right is for the chapel (ground level only); entry is free. The line on the left is to enter the monastery and the chapel balcony; entry is 10 euros (50% reduction if you are 65+). Inside what was once the monks’ library is a very unusual exhibition: a circular 500 year timeline tracing what was happening in the world, in Portugal and on the monastery grounds itself.
Written February 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was the highlight of our trip to Belem. Entry to the church is free but you will pay €10 for the cloisters. Unless you're on a very tight budget, don't skip the cloisters. It is just so beautiful and the gloomy, dark church does not prepare you at all for the magnificence of the cloisters and monastery grounds.
Commissioned by King Manuel I in 1501, the monastery is lavishly decorated with ornate stonework that incorporates all sorts of maritime motifs and animal figures with regal and Christian symbols. This is where the great Portugese seafarers, explorers and navigators like Vasco de Gama came for confession and spiritual guidance immediately before launching off on long and treacherous voyages to chart new lands.
TICKETS & LINES:
* Avoid Mondays – it's not open
* The combo Monastery/Belem Tower ticket no longer exists. Our guide book still showed it as available even though we had the latest edition.
* In hindsight, I wish we had bought the Lisboa 1 day Card for our trip to Belem. At €20, it would have given us free entry to the tower, monastery and coach museum and also free travel, saving us at least €10pp.
* There are 2 lines, the longer line on the right is for free entry to the church and the left hand line is for the cloisters. Frustratingly, the cloisters ticket, doesn't give you any advantage in getting into the church. You have to exit the monastery grounds and line up again. The church line gets very long. If you're there early, I'd recommend visiting the church first when the line is likely to be shortest.
* the ticket office is not immediately obvious. We joined the monastery queue, thinking this was for tickets and wasted some time before we realised our mistake. The ticket office is over to the left of the queue, by the museum entry.
Written February 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,641 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This church is part of the Jeronimos Monastery and it is separate from the cloisters. It’s free to enter the church but will have to pay €10 for the cloisters. If you are wondering whether it’s worth doing both, I’d highly recommend visiting the cloisters also. They are very different and it is the cloisters that is the highlight. The church has some very interesting features but overall, it is rather gloomy and dark and does not prepare you at all for the magnificence of the cloisters and monastery grounds.
What you’ll see in the church are the tombs of the explorer, Vasco da Gama who died in India in 1524, the poet, Luís de Camões (died 1580) and King Manuel I (died 1521). You’ll also see a very striking ceiling, spanning an extraordinarily wide central nave (30m). The ceiling is a single span with ornamental branch-like tracery vaults. Together, the vaults and the tall, slender trunk-like pillars that support the roof, create an overall effect that made me think of a forest.
If you are visiting the cloisters, make sure to find the viewing area where you get a special vantage point, looking down over the interior of the church towards the altar.
TIPS:
* There are 2 lines. The longer line on the right is for free entry to the church and the left hand line is for the cloisters. Here’s the catch - a cloisters ticket, doesn't get you into the church. You’ll have to exit the monastery grounds and line up again. We arrived early and went to the cloisters first but this was a mistake. By the time we came out of the monastery, the church line had grown much longer. If you're there early, I'd recommend visiting the church first when the line is likely to be shortest.
* Closed on Mondays
Written February 11, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ruth W
Washington DC, DC110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Stunning piece of architecture. It is worth taking the time to walk through and see the details of a beautiful monastery. It can be a little confusing on the entrance tickets which are sold inside the archaeological museum and the line directly outside is to see the church with de Gama's tomb but not the grounds of the monastery.
Written March 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

howiet1971
Swindon, UK1,694 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The cloisters (which require a ticket) and the church (which is free) are accessible from 2 separate queues. Going into 1 does not give you access to the other. I would suggest queuing for the church first (as queues get big for this) and then going into the cloisters. Both are beautiful and worth seeing. Tickets for the cloisters are available from the entrance to the Museum next door (far left) OR the Lisboa Card gets you in. (I would suggest a Lisboa card - I saved SO much money.)
Written February 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

jonahNJ
Pennington, NJ11,825 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This magnificent structure is the site of not only the Jeronimos Monastery but the Church of Santa Maria which is on the southern side. When my wife and I arrived, we had to wait to enter since the wedding was just concluding. No more an impressive building could be venue for a wedding! Upon entering the monastery/church, I was even more impressed with how special this venue is for a wedding.

The ornate south side entrance leads to an awe inspiring church interior with a multi story ceiling, gorgeous stained glass and more ornate carvings and columns. I was particularly impressed with the details of the arch which was the backdrop for the altar area as well as the symmetrical row of doors leading to the confessionals. However, the highlight for me was the exquisitely detailed tomb of the iconic explorer, Vasco da Gama.

I would recommend reserving some time to also walking around the manicured grounds in front of this site, which also includes a large fountain. This is a great place for reflection after visiting the gorgeous church and monastery.
Written March 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jonathan H
London, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Even if you arrive early, you will see the queue extending across the road. What is not immediately obvious is that the queue is to get in but it is not where you get tickets from. That is the the other end of the building through the entrance with the Portugese flag over it.

Once you are inside, you are immediately hit by the size/ scale of the monastery and the ornate carving. What is slightly unsual is that you can go upstairs and walk around the upper level. What there is to see is based around the central courtyard.

There is a separate queue to enter the church alongside.

The giftshop has a larger book with lots of nice photos of the monastery and church insde without too much text for 20 Euros which may be better than the 5 Euro (smaller) visitors giude if you are wanting a souvenir to take home.
Written February 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

avrilritchie
Dundee, UK308 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Beautiful building from outside. We were keen to visit inside but after waiting in a long queue in the heat the staff would not let us have Senior tickets - a considerable saving on Adult ticket price - despite us being CLEARLY well into seniorhood as we did not have our passports with us as proof (who carries passports? They were in the Hotel room safe.) Staff were just rude so we decided not to pay and enter. This was the only place we had this issue. Older people be warned.
Written January 21, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Komator
Barcelona, Spain885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Mosteiro dos Jerónimos is one of Lisbon highlights. It was built in the XVI century and it is a fine example of Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style. You can read about the history in specialized places, but I'm explaining a few tips I think are useful.
There are two lines: one line to buy the tickets (10€ or, combined with the museum, 12€) and another line to enter the monastery. If you're a group, some people can make one line and the other, the other line. You'll save a lot of time.
It's a very crowded place, so I think it's best if you go early in the morning or at the end of the day.
In addition to the main monastery and halls, there's the church (another line). If you're in Belém for the day, you can come and visit the church at the end of the day, when there's no line and the church is empty.
Written July 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 8,703
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Lisbon HotelsLisbon Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Lisbon
All things to do in Lisbon
Day Trips in Lisbon
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars