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.
Julie is a travel and food blogger who lives in Pittsburgh. Travel is her greatest love but when she’s not traveling the world, she’s either testing out a new recipe in the kitchen or playing the part of foodie in Pittsburgh. She also recently published her first novel, The Tears of Yesteryear, a work of historical fiction set in Pittsburgh at the turn of the last century.
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