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Snapshots of Jeronimos Monastery

Nothing can really top a visit to a 16th century monastery especially one that was built to commemorate the famous explorer Vasco de Gama’s voyage to India and also to give thanks to the Virgin Mary by orders of the king, Manuel I, the Fortunate. (Vasco de Gama’s tomb is inside the monastery along with other famous “children” of Portugal.) The Jeronimos Monastery is located in the city’s Belem section and is truly a wonder to behold beginning when you first descend from the tram which just happens to stop right out front. One of my guidebooks made the joke that there is no way you can miss your stop as it takes up multiple city blocks and it was right.  is what I was thinking When gazing up at the incredible Gothic and Moorish style architecture I thought to myself, they sure don’t build ’em like they used to. As I sometimes feel that words can never adequately describe the incredibleness of a place, photographs surely can. Hopefully mine will do the job.

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    ~Holly~
    October 5, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Beautiful photos!!

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    the red headed traveler
    October 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Thanks! It was such a striking site!

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    the Martha from Malta diary
    October 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    How beautiful. These kind of architectures really amaze me, I cannot understand how they used to build such buildings such a long time ago.

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    the red headed traveler
    October 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    I completely agree with you-whether it was a Gothic cathedral, the pyramids in Egypt, or the famous statutes on Easter Island, it makes you how did they construct these incredible things without the use of modern technology?

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    the Martha from Malta diary
    October 8, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Yes exactly. In my country we also have fortifications that were built around cities such as the capital city as protection against invaders, and that’s what I say to myself as well. Impressive.

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