Photographer's Note

More than any other ecclesiastical building in Portugal, the Mosteiro dos Jerˇnimos (Monastery of the Hieronymites, or the Order of Jerome) complex represents the wealth that poured into Lisbon from the colonies during the Age of Discovery. It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1983.

Begun in 1502 in BelÚm, the seaport near the gates of Lisbon, the monastery was built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's voyage to India and to give thanks or its success. It contains the world's most distinctive Manueline church. Richly ornate and unlike any other building in Europe, it has, among other features, columns carved in patterns inspired by the rigging of Portuguese ships laden with riches from Brazil and India.

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