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Jerónimos Monastery


Jerónimos Monastery is a highly ornate former monastery in the Belem district. King Manuel I built it in 1502 and is became the most impressive symbol of Portugal’s power and wealth during the Age of Discovery – Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (the first European to reach India by sea) is buried here. UNESCO declared the monastery a World Heritage Site in 1983 and along with the Tower of Belém, it is one of the most visited sites in Lisbon.