Hieronymites Monastery: Interior, nave looking towards south entrance



The church, started by Boitac, has a nave and aisles (three-aisled church with five bays) under a single vault (25 x 25 m), with slender, articulated columns and a projecting transept (29 x 27 m).

Established near Toledo in 1374, the Hieronymite Order soon became popular in Spain and Portugal, and in 1415 it numbered 25 houses. Prince Henry the Navigator (1394-1460) founded S Maria de Belém, a chapel of the Order of Christ, for mariners. Soon after his accession Manuel I (reigned 1495-1521) decided to build a grand monastery for the Hieronymite Order, which would continue to serve mariners as well as providing a burial place for the king. It also commemorated Vasco da Gama’s successful return from India and was built with money from the spice trade; he is buried in the church. This project drained funds from the work at Batalha, which remained unfinished. The complex includes the church, monastery, sacristy, and refectory. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Monasteries

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Manueline

  • Late Gothic

  • Plateresque

Place of Creation
  • Belém (Lisbon, Distrito de Lisboa, Portugal): Santa Maria de Belém, or just Belém is a parish (neighborhood) of Lisbon, located 6 km west of the present city center

  • Belém

  • +38.6975-9.206667

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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