The Church of Santa Maria de Belém together with the Jerónimos Monastery, are the finest examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style. Though carrying similar architectural styles, in our modern world now, the church and the monastery have quite a contrasting experience.
We visited the Jerónimos Monastery and the Church of Santa Maria de Belém one morning. We woke up before sunrise to capture Lisbon before everyone else. We were very optimistic and had hoped that we would be the very first tourists to visit the monastery. To our surprise, an hour before the gates had opened, there were many tourist buses that were already parked in front of the building. People had also started queuing to see the monastery before it would become overly crowded.
It’s no wonder the site attracted so many people. The “Mosteiro dos Jerónimos” came to be a unique marvel with all the alleys and columns in Manueline style and the spacious halls that were once homes to monks. After leaving the vivid corridors, we felt an urge to remain in the calm environment for just a moment. It was then that we directed our steps towards the Church of Santa Maria de Belém situated opposite the monastery.
As we walked inside, the silence almost hit us.
The church wasn’t open for visitors, but the guards allowed us to enter it, under the condition that Nico would turn off the flash and sound from the shutter of his camera. When we approached the altar, there were only a few prayers sitting in the front benches, so we tried to stay still as much as possible not to distract them.
The Church of Santa Maria de Belém is known because of the tombs of Vasco da Gama and Luís de Camões. What immediately grabbed our attention was mainly the celling. The pillars of the church were “growing” into it and very much like a tree. The bonds of the roof reminded us, as well the patterns of the veins, of a leaf.
In this place, we found peace and left happy.
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