Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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No expense was spared when they built this masterpiece of Manueline and Gothic architecture in 1502, which was inspired by Vasco da Gama who is buried here with other great navigators of the past.
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Neighbourhood: Belém
Belém is the "capital of the Portuguese Discoveries" and a photographer's paradise. You can spend an entire day exploring this neighborhood: monuments (Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries), museums (Coach Museum, Centro Cultural de Belém) and breathtaking views of the Tagus river will make your visit worth your time. Belém also offers a variety of restaurants and cafes, namely the famous - and delicious - "Pastéis de Belém" (typical Portuguese custard tarts; make sure you buy an extra box of those!). Easily accessible from Lisbon's historic center, Belém is a must-do, especially if you're spending more than one day visiting the Portuguese capital.
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  • WiltshireBeth
    Trowbridge, United Kingdom37 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    This was an interesting building and well worth a visit, however, even in April we had to queue a good hour plus at mid afternoon to get in. Once thro' the doors it seemed that there was plenty of room for more people to have been let in. I certainly would not want to take small children when the weather gets warmer, unless they provide some shade (unlikely I presume)
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 5, 2023
  • Patricia Q
    County Tipperary, Ireland73 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see in Lisbon
    I visited this beautiful monastery on 12th May and got to appreciate the beautiful architecture it revealed as I walked through it. The adjoining church has free admission and contains Vasco da Gama's tomb. Allow 30 minutes to visit the church. The real magic is contained in the cloisters of the monastery, however. It takes about an hour to visit the cloisters. Tickets for this part must be bought online. The monastery is very well preserved and it is a relaxing place to visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Clare H
    31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too popular
    We got to Belem at 10am and the queue was so long (I’d say 2hours to get in), so we went to the excellent Maritime Museum; the queue was still there when we finished that; then after lunch; so we went to the Henry the Navigator and the Belem Tower and when we got back at 5pm we were able to get into the amazing church (with Vasco da Gama’s tomb) - it’s free. But the rest of the place was closed. We’re going to come back in the dead of winter to see it
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Palomino922
    Virginia Beach, Virginia1,066 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Beautiful.
    The monastery is so peaceful and beautiful. It is a must stop in Lisbon. Walking around the interior around the cloister was lovely. There are confessional doors along one side. Sometimes one is open. The Manueline (from King Manuel )style with decorative arches within the Church interior is beautiful. You will walk by the tomb of Vasco da Gama (who set sail from Belem with 4 ships).
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom1,401 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Read a lot about prior visiting
    This place was on the top of our list to visit when in Lisbon. We planned our visit on Monday. We took a tram No 15 which is running from Cais do Sodre to Belem where is the monastery. We saw it immediately when we departed the tram. The white colour of stone was just shining in the sun. When we came near I was surprised that we cannot see any people waiting - then we spotted information table and it was closed on Mondays. At least we saw the amazing stone carving by masters from the past.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 25, 2023
  • jeff1955malaysia
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5,283 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Masterpiece
    The Jeronimos Monastry in Lisbon is the resting place of Vasco da Gama. His tomb is buried here. The monastry is a masterpiece and was built in the 16th centry with manuline architecture. It symbolise the weath of Portugal during the age of discovery.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 4, 2023
  • nina j
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular but be prepared to queue
    Beware the poor site signage and multiple queues. Although the site opens at 9.30am, the ticket office, midway along the front of the building, opens at 10am. Then there are 2 queues for entry. The left hand queue (looking from the street) is for ticketed entry to the monastery and cloisters. Tour groups have preference 0930-1030 so the queue moved very slowly...we waited 0930 to 11am. The right hand queue is for free entry into the church. If you want to see both you have to queue twice.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • fam27
    Toronto, Canada110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Beautiful place to visit. Take your time and look around - but even then it won’t take too long. There was a large queue when we went - we left and went for lunch close by and came back and lined up. We lined up for almost one hour - so be prepared. It is very beautiful though and a great place to visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • kimwillrule
    Singapore, Singapore2,689 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cloisters
    Jeronimos Monastery, Belem: For whom the bells tolls. For those who persist in the lines. The lines are the longest for the monastery in Belem, out of all attractions. They start early in the morning and it’s a bit of a mayhem due to a lack of explanation at the site. So here goes. They are 2 separate lines – 1 for the monastery and 1 for the chapel. We waited 1.5 hours for the monastery in the baking summer sun. So bring your hats, sunnies, slap on the sun block, drink copious amounts of water and be prepared to stand in long lines (yes, even those with Lisboa cards). Those with young kids get an early shoo in. While in line, vendors sell you everything – hats, sunnies, scarves, jewellery. Once in, you’ll see the world’s most elaborate and lavish Gothic Manueline monastery. The lines and the curves are incredible. Historically, it’s also where the Treaty of Lisbon was signed. The Chapel shares dark Manueline influences and most notably, Vasco de Gama’s crypt. Oh, get your coffee and pasteis from the legendary Pateis de Belem down the road before you start your queuing vigil. #eatstylishtravelstylish
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 17, 2023
  • Michael K
    1,002 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cloister and church
    The outside of the building is striking, but to take it all in, you have to be on the observation deck of Padrao dos Descobrimentos to get a full frontal view. You can tell where the entrance is by observing where the two long lines converge. The line on the left is for the monastery and the line on the right is for the church. However, the ticket office is located at the archaeology museum further down the street on the left. Once you are in the monastery, you enter the cloister immediately, and it is a beautiful sight. The church is equally stunning and it is free.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
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NessaGisele
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
So we technically did not go in the monastery itself because the line was so long and we wanted to explore more of Belém for our last day in Lisbon. So instead we went into the church. Glad we did. It was stunning. We did the “Rick Steves Portugal” self walking tour through the church. I recommend getting to the monastery early if you want to see it. They close around 5pm
Written April 18, 2024
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Pietro J
Toronto, Canada373 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A magnificent building which is well worth the visit - with the Tower of Belem and the Statue of discoveries.
Really a series of buildings of massive scope and styles with a fine example of Manueline.
Written April 15, 2024
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flexible
Cornwall, UK392 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This place is shockingly very unorganised so be prepared to buy a ticket but not actually go inside, whether you pre-book or not. Don't be fooled by "Timeslots" either they are meaningless you will join the humongous queue and wait for a MINIMUM 1 HOUR with everybody else whether they have a timeslot or not. On the side of the Monastry there are signs saying ticket office but then another sign which makes you realise there is a booth across the road which is the ticket office, this also has a queue. Do NOT be fooled by them telling everyone it will be a 20 minute wait, once you see the queue over the road you will realise that is impossible. I think the only way you may have a short wait would be to have pre-booked slot and be the first in the queue when they open or go before they close but then you may not have enough time in there. The guy at the ticket booth who served us (dark hair and beard) was very rude to everyone, not a good first impression for a monastry visit. After buying the tickets and making our way to the end of the L-O-N-G queue we quickly realised it was hopeless and we had wasted our money. We wanted to ask (longshot I know) for a refund but the queue was long at the ticket office and there were others up there coming back for refunds so we didn't want to waste more of our precious time and didn't bother. It would have been unlikely anyway as the guy was not customer friendly. All was not lost as we gave our tickets away so hopefully some good came out of this, if they eventually got in. We asked if we could use these the next day but this was refused. If you decide to go here I would suggest if more than one of you, one join the queue at the monastry and the other go for the tickets. It was interesting to see a Police presence around the ticket office, makes you wonder if a lot of unhappy people go back there having been misled at how long the wait is?
Written April 13, 2024
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wireless_in_CA
United States5,040 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The longest lines we experienced was acquiring our tickets where we queued across the street in the park. The line was shorter in front of the monastery while waiting for our timed entry at 11:30am on a Sunday.

The cloisters were the main attraction inside. As soon as we entered, we climbed up to the second floor and walked clockwise around the cloisters admiring the Manueline architecture. Lots of details to see as we made it a game to find the many different animal statues (ie. cat, turtle) that were intermixed between the typical gargoyles. Back at the 2nd floor entrance we then descended to the first floor where there were open rooms to visit.

The refectory was empty but contained a number of azulejos worth seeing. Another room contained some crypts one of which was the famed poet Fernando Pessoa.
Written April 10, 2024
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Robert M
Stowmarket, UK24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
You will be queuing for 3 hours no matter if you pre-purchase a ticket or not. Very unclear signage for the lines. No time slots booking to limit queuing. Terrible organisation.
Written April 7, 2024
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Megan B
40 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The Monastery was a total disappointment and a complete rip off of €12 to visit the cloisters. You purchase a time entry but the time literally means nothing. I had a timed slot for 11:30, but when I got to the line at 11:15, the guards said it didn’t matter what time my ticket said. They just point you to the end of a long line. The line took 1 hour to enter the cloisters. The cloisters take just 15 minutes to get through and there are very few descriptive signs to tell you more about what you’re seeing. They really need to add an audio guide, more signs, or a museum component. Absolute waste of your time and money! Instead, just go the church for free.
Written April 5, 2024
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Lio-et-Ben
Quebec City, Canada203 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We purchased tickets through Tiqets (MISTAKE). There was no disclaimer about how many tickets they sell per day or to how long the queues could be. Normally when one purchases tickets for a venue they are given priority access or a time to queue.

We arrived in the rain and the line up was absolutely unbelievable - so much so we asked the security guard how long would the wait be and he stated 2-3 hours and when we asked if there was a time of day that would be better he stated that it’s always like this.

Needless to say that I could not physically stand for 2-3 hours, in the rain.
I explained my story to Tiqets and they basically told me that they would never offer a refund.

So beware of this venue. I’d probably suggest to arrive prior to opening.
Written April 3, 2024
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Becky H
Hastings, UK287 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
First of all, I'd recommend getting the Lisbon Card, as it gives you free entry and you can go straight to the queue outside the monastery. The monastery itself is really beautiful with the highlight being the courtyard. The only downside is that it would be great if there was more information around the place. It took us around an hour to visit and would recommend to anyone in the city.
Written April 2, 2024
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Grandefoodie
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing architecture in the monastery. But we wouldn't do it again. We joined the queue at 10am and it was 1 length of the street. It took an hour to get in. When we left the queue was 4x up and down the street. Don't get me wrong the monastery was good. But to queue for an hour, and then we took about an hour to go around, was ok. I am glad we didn't queue for 2 to 3 hours like those behind us must have done.
Written March 28, 2024
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BrummieWelsh
Birmingham, UK267 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Used Lisboa Card. Opens at 930 so get early to minimise queues (or after 4).

Not much to see inside other than cloisters but plenty of room as visitor numbers are limited - hence the queue

We visited the church at the end of the day when quiet
Written March 27, 2024
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