Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lisbon - Jeronimos Monastery

Built to honor Vasco da Gama's successful journey to India in 1498, this masterpiece of Manueline architecture took 70 years to complete:

Manueline architecture is an early 16th century Portuguese Gothic style that incorporates maritime elements and motifs of the discoveries of Portugal's expeditions around the world. In the photos below, you can see ropes and chains, for example:

  Spectacular as it is outside, the inside's more than a match.


A tomb held up by two elephants (who need a dusting):

And, most famously, the tomb of Luís de Camões, the Portuguese language's most famous poet, who died in 1580.

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