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The Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon is one of the finest examples of Manueline architecture anywhere in the world. Also known as ‘Portuguese Late Gothic’, the Manueline style of the early 16th century, named after King Manuel I (ruled 1495-1521), marked the transition from the Late Gothic to the Renaissance style. An important influence was the recent journeys of Portuguese explorers such as Vasco da Gama (c.1469-1524), and thus the architecture incorporates a great deal of maritime imagery.

Construction of the Monastery began in 1502 to celebrate Vasco da Gama’s successful return from India. Work came to a halt in 1520, was resumed in 1550, and was halted again in 1580, because the union with Spain meant that funds were diverted instead to the Monastery of El Escorial in Madrid. Due to the length of time it took to build, and the number of people who were in charge of the building at different times, it also incorporates various Renaissance and ‘Plateresco’ styles in addition to the Manueline.

In the bottom-left corner (not visible in this picture) sits the tomb of the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (c.1469-1524). Opposite this is the tomb of the poet Luís de Camões (c.1524-1580), whose poem Os Lusíadas, detailing Vasco da Gama’s voyages, became the national epic of Portugal. Various members of the Portuguese royal family from this period are also buried in the cathedral.

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