Monday, June 24, 2013
Monastery of the Hieronymites, Lisbon - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #263
The UNESCO entrance in the list is just one, but to be fair there are two distinct properties, the Belém Tower (from which I already have a card) and the amazing Monastery of the Hieronymites (in Portuguese we say Jerónimos that sounds so much better). Thanks to the Ninocas that offered me this card, I now have both in my collection - thank you my dear! The counting stands at 61 down, 920 to go. This postcard took 7 days to arrive!
Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites – construction of which began in 1502 – exemplifies Portuguese art at its best. The nearby Tower of Belém, was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition, is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.