"The Jerónimos Monastery is a National Monument and
was classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
King Manuel I built a large monastery near the location where the Infante
D. Henrique ordered a church to be built in the mid-15th century
by invocation of St. Mary of Belém.
To immortalise the memory of the Infante, for his intense devotion to Our
Lady and faith in St. Jerome, in 1496 King Manuel I decided to found the
Monastery of St. Mary of Belém, near the city of Lisbon, next to the
Donated to the monks of the Order of St. Jerome, today it is commonly known
as the Jerónimos Monastery.
A pantheon of the Avis-Beja Dynasty, in the 19th century the church became
the sepulchre for heroes and poets: Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões.
A notable work of architecture, it became part of Portuguese identity and