Monastery of the Hieronymites

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The Monastery of the Hieronymites (also known as Jerónimos Monastery) is a royal foundation and former monastery of the Hieronymites (The Order of Saint Jerome) constructed in the early 16th century AD. It is located in Lisbon, Portugal, and is thought to greatly exemplify Portuguese art.[1] It is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, although services continue until today.

Construction

The construction of the Monastery of the Hieronymites was commissioned towards the end of the 15th century AD by King Manuel I of Portugal, and stupendously represents the Manueline art of its time. It was initially constructed to be donated to and in order to serve the monks of Saint Hieronymus in order so that they may pray for their kings soul, and also pray for the seafarers of the region of Lisbon sailing forth to find the new world. It was also built to retain and perpetuate the memory of Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama's voyage.

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