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  • Explore one of Lisbon’s top three attractions: the Monastery of Jerónimos, a historic church built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage to India.
  • This gorgeous national monument attracts large crowds that flood ticket lines; booking your tickets online ensures a time-efficient visit.
  • Find cloisters with intricate sculptural details, vaulted ceilings, unique maritime motifs, and beautiful courtyards and garden at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • This Monastery is known to house the tomb of Vasco da Gama, and other famous Portuguese figures like King Sebastiao, poet Luis Cames and others.
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  • Entry to the Monastery of Jerónimos
  • 24/48/72 Hour Lisbon card (optional)
  • Free color handy guide and app (optional)
  • Interactive map (optional)

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  • Live guide
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Jerónimos Monastery

  • Tip: After your visit to the monastery, head next door to the Navy Planetarium or the Maritime Museum for a deeper glimpse into Lisbon's sea-faring culture.
  • Since this is a highly visited site, plan your visit with enough time on your hands as there could be a line at the entrance.
  • There is medium accessibility for guests with reduced mobility.
  • The lower level has wheelchair access though some sections are cobblestoned.

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  • You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Visiting Jeronimos Monastery, a Symbol of the Age of Exploration

Located at Santa Maria de Belem, the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon is an iconic architectural wonder. The Jeronimos Monastery is an integral part of the history and culture of Portugal, that teems with history, spirituality, and culture. This UNESCO World Heritage site took a hundred years to complete. Its construction started on the King’s Day of Portugal, 6 January, in the year 1501. It represents the age of discovery, a time when most of the world was unknown and Europeans were just beginning to navigate across the oceans and seas to discover an unfamiliar world.

The Jeronimos Monastery was erected to function as a tranquil site for older monks to reflect and pray. It replaced the Church that existed before in the same spot. Book Jeronimos Monastery tickets to understand how this monastery emerged as the most important symbol of Portugal’s power in the Age of Discovery. It has been the backdrop for many historical events. Here, you can also find more details about Jeronimos Monastery tickets, visitor rules, timings, and location so you can fully immerse yourself in the essence of this amazing place.

Why Visit Jeronimos Monastery?

Why Visit Jeronimos Monastery
  • Ancient Spiritual Centre for Sailors: Before the Jeronimos monastery, the site housed a dilapidated old Church, which was the last chance for sailors to pray and confess before their voyages. King Manuel I requested and the then Pope granted him permission to build this Monastery dedicated to St. Jerome. 
  • Heironymites Monastery: This Monastery was home to the Heironymites Monks so it is also known as Heironymites Monastery. Money poured into the Portuguese coffers from the Americans, hence it was lavishly built. Besides, the Jeronimos Monastery also marks Vasco Da Gama’s first journey to discover the route to India.
  • Architectural Marvel: Though primarily Manueline, this monastery is actually a harmonious blend of various architectural styles as it was constructed over a period of 100 years. There are traces of Mannerist, Renaissance, Spanish renaissance ‘plateresque’ work, and even late gothic architecture.
  • Icon of the Age of Discovery: The monastery is redolent with motifs of maritime equipment that was discovered during naval expeditions. It also has tombs of Portuguese royalty and eminent personalities like Luis de Camoes, Alexandre Herculano, Vasco Da Gama, Fernando Pessoa, and others. 

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Jeronimos Monastery is an important cultural landmark of Lisbon, Portugal that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The most hassle-free way to ensure you get Jeronimos Monastery tickets at your desired date and time is to book them online. With entry tickets, you can get ahead of long queues and start your tour as soon as possible.

  • Advance Booking: Jeronimos Monastery is a very popular monument that draws huge crowds so buying tickets online will save you considerable time and effort.
  • Convenience: Book your tickets online to ensure that you get a chance to visit this iconic monument in Lisbon without fail and in the most convenient way! 
  • Discounts: In some cases, you may get discounts online that may not be available at the counter near the monument.

Jeronimos Monastery Highlights

Tomb of Fernando Pessoa in Jeronimos Monastery

Tomb of Fernando Pessoa

Fernando Pessoa was a poet, author, philosopher, and translator who was a significant literary figure of the early 20th century. He contributed immensely to European and Portuguese literature and is lauded as one of Portugal’s greatest poets. He was multilingual; he translated and wrote in English and French as well. His tomb lies on the lower level of the Cloister of Jeronimos Monastery. 

Tomb of Alexandro Herculano in Jeronimos Monastery

Tomb of Alexandre Herculano

Alexandre Herculano was a pioneer historian of Portugal's monarchy. His book ‘History of Portugal from the beginning of Monarchy to end of the Rein of Alfonso III’ is a pillar of Portuguese history as it is a work of careful research, simple writing, and accuracy. He was also a poet and introduced historic novels to the Portuguese literary scene. His neo-gothic tomb lies in the Chapter Room.

Tomb of Vasco da Gama in Jeronimos Monastery

Tomb of Vasco da Gama

Jeronimos Monastery is located close to the point where Vasco da Gama (1468 - 1524) disembarked for his voyage to India. His successful discovery of a route to India in 1498 was one of the reasons why permission was granted to build this lavish Monastery. His remains were transferred to the Monastery 400 years after he died. His stone tomb is beautiful and ornate within the Church in the lower choir.

Tomb of Luis de Camoes in Jeronimos Monastery

Tomb of Luis de Camoes

Great poet and chronicler of the Age of Discovery, Luis de Camoes’s (1527 – 1580) tomb lies in the lower choir within the Church. His tomb is an elaborate and ornate work that lies next to the Tomb of Vasco da Gama. He has considered one of the greatest poets of the Portuguese language since his mastery of verse is legendary. His death anniversary, 10 June, is also celebrated as Portugal’s National Day.

South Facade of the Jeronimos Monastery

South Facade and South Portal

The most photographed and iconic façade of the Jeronimos Monastery is the South Façade. Designed by the Spanish architect, Joao de Castilho, this is a beautiful example of Spanish Renaissance and plateresque work that resembles the work of a silversmith’s filigree work. Though it is not the main entrance to the Monastery, the South Portal is an elaborate construction that is 32 meters high and 12 meters wide. 

Cloister of the Jeronimos Monastery

Cloister

You enter the Cloister through a beautifully carved door. Visitors are often awed by the beautifully-designed, perfectly-proportioned stonework that decorates the Cloister. The Lower levels are more Manueline in design while the upper levels are more Renaissance-ish. The two levels of this Cloister and its detailed, delicate stonework were quite unique for its era. One of the galleries also has the tomb of the famous poet and philosopher Fernando Pessoa.

Chapter House of Jeronimos Monastery

Chapter House

The high vaulted ceilings give a sense of inordinate height and space. In the center, lies the tomb of Alexandre Herculano. This room was completed only in the 19th century and is a fine example of late gothic architecture. It has 2 large windows with the sides around the windows surrounded by detailed carvings. The entrance is flanked by the statue of St. Jerome and Archangel Michael.

Jeronimos Monastery Confessionals

Confessionals

The Confessionals are decorated by beautiful pillars that have elaborate carvings and stained-glass windows that let in the light from the South Side. The priest entered from the Cloister and the penitent entered from the Church. There were 12 Confessional rooms that were designed and completed within the first half of the 16th century. The black doors form a sober foreground to the elaborate Manueline designs around them.

Refectory of Jeronimos Monastery

Refectory

The Refectory was also completed by the first half of the 16th century during the reign of King Manuel I. Designed by Leonardo Vaz, it is classically Manueline with low vaulted ceilings. The lower walls of the Refectory are decorated with colorful azulejo tiles that depict the miracle of the bread and fish scenes in the New Testament and the scenes of the life of Joseph from the Old Testament. 

High Choir of Jeronimos Monastery

High Choir

This room was completed by 1551 and was used by the Heironymite Monks in lieu of the Chapter Room since that was not yet complete while the monastery was in use. This room is relatively austere and has high long windows that light up the room. At the entrance of the High Choir above the balustrade towers the magnificent statue of the crucified Christ in silver. 

Church of Santa Maria de Belem

Church of Santa Maria de Belem

The Church is designed like a Latin cross and made up of 3 uniform naves supported by 6 pillars that support an ornately decorated high vaulted ceiling. The High Altar of the Church is of Mannerist architecture that is complex and sophisticated. It forms a beautiful contrast to the rest of the Church with its elaborate carvings and Manueline architecture. It also holds the tombs of King Manuel I and Queen Maria. 

Chapel of Our Lord of the Steps in Jeronimos Monastery

Chapel of Our Lord of the Steps

When the Church was first built, this chapel was dedicated to Santo Antonio, the patron saint of Lisbon. A century later, the Brotherhood of Our Lord of Steps was founded and this chapel was dedicated to that. During this time, the altar was finished in gilded carving making it quite an eye-catching sight amongst the austere stones on the left side of the main church. 

Baptismal Chapel of the Jeronimos Monastery

Baptismal Chapel

This is to the left of the main Chapel and was initially dedicated to Saint Leonard. During the 19th century, it was transformed to be used as a Baptistry. This seems to be supported by the presence of a baptismal font that dates back to the same era and is of neo-Manueline design. This is relatively austere and contrasts with the gilded Chapel of Our Lord of Steps.

North and South Chapel of the Transept of Jeronimos Monastery

North and South Chapel of the Transept

The North and South Transept of the Church holds the royal tombs of the children of King Manuel I. The main Chapel, the North, and South Chapels form the Royal Pantheon that holds the tombs of the Royal family. The Main, North, and South Chapel were commissioned by the Queen Catherine of Austria. These are Mannerist in design and form a stark contrast to the rest of the church which is more ornate. 

Plan Your Visit to the Jeronimos Monastery

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Jeronimos Monastery Timings
  • Timings: 
    October to April: 10 AM to 05:30 PM
    May to September: 9:30 AM to 6 PM 
  • Last Entry: 
    October to April: 5 PM
    May to September: 05:30 PM
  • Closed On: Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 13 Jun, 25 Dec

Duration of the Visit: 3 to 4 hours

Best Time To Visit: March to May and September to October are the best months to visit Portugal. There are plenty of cultural activities, especially during Holy Week, Porto’s St. John’s Day celebrations, and Lisbon’s June festivals. To avoid crowds, try to reach early on weekdays.

How to Reach Jeronimos Monastery

Address: Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisbon

Find on Maps.

  • By Tram: Tram 15 
    Nearest Stop: Mosteiros dos Jeronimos
  • By Train: Cascáis Line 
    Nearest Stop: Belem 
  • By Bus: 727, 28, 729, 714, 751
    Nearest Stop: Mosteiro Jerónimos
  • By Car: The distance between the Lisbon airport and Jeronimos Monastery is 15.1 km.
    Nearest Parking: West wing of the Monastery and near the Lisbon Maritime Museum
Facilities Available in the Jeronimos Monastery
  • Photography: You are allowed to click pictures inside the Jeronimos Monastery, however heavy video equipment like tripods and monopods are not allowed. Also, please avoid using flash. 
  • Restrooms: The Jeronimos Monastery has available restrooms in the Cloister area behind the cash registers. 
  • Accessibility: The Church, Monastery, and the lower levels of the Cloister are wheelchair-accessible areas within the Jeronimos Monastery premises.
  • Food and Drinks: Pasteis de Belem is a cafe near the Monastery, renowned for its sweet custard tarts. First created by the monks in the nearby monastery, this unique tasting melt-in-your-mouth flaky pastry is as much a must-have treat.
Attractions Near Jeronimos Monastery
  • Belem Towers: A UNESCO Heritage Site that was built in the early 16th century, the Belem Towers is another example of Manueline architecture with a curious Rhinocerous-shaped gargoyle on its Western Façade.
  • Benfica Stadium: The largest in Portugal, Benefica Stadium has a variety of things and activities to offer to visitors. This multipurpose stadium is elected as one of the most beautiful stadiums in Europe.
  • Pena Palace: Located in Sintra, the Pena Palace is an important part of the cultural landscape. This colorful palace has amazing interiors with the surrounding parks containing trees from many parts of the world.
  • National Palace of Sintra: This medieval castle has been there since the 10th century and was used as a royal residence by the monarchy. Teeming with the history of Portugal, this palace draws millions of visitors. 
Tips to Note When Visiting Jeronimos Monastery
  • Book Online: There is always quite a crowd visiting this monument, so it is preferable to buy your tickets online to avoid the long queues. But just in case, be prepared to wait for a few minutes
  • Choose Weekdays: It is best to begin your visit to the Jeronimos Monastery early in the morning and on weekdays in winter to avoid crowds.
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes: The Jeronimos Monastery has several attractions, so be prepared to walk a lot. Wear your most comfortable shoes. 
  • Keep Cool: Wear comfortable clothes and carry a bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Maintain Dress Code: There is no particular dress code to visit the Monastery, and anyone can visit. Only if you are visiting the Church, please wear modest clothes that cover your shoulders and knees.
  • Check Dates Before Visiting: The Jeronimos Monastery is closed on Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sundays, 1 May, 13 Jun, and 25 December. 

All Your Questions About Jeronimos Monastery Tickets Answered

Q. Where can I buy Jeronimos Monastery tickets?

A. It is best to buy Jeronimos Monastery tickets online to avoid long queues and make use of their amazing discounts and offers. 

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A. Yes, you can buy Jeronimos Monastery tickets online. 

Q. What is the cost of Jeronimos Monastery tickets?

A. The Jeronimos Monastery tickets will cost adults around €10. There are multiple other ticket options at different price ranges, with each offering unique features and inclusions. If you book online, you might also unlock special discounts for students and senior citizens aged above 65 years. 

Q. Can I get a discount on Jeronimos Monastery tickets?

A. Yes, if you book your Jeronimos Monastery tickets online, you may avail great discounts and offers. 

Q. What is there to see at the Jeronimos Monastery?

A. The entrances of the Church, Cloister, and Monastery are filled with marvelously intricate carvings. Cleverly engineered with high ceilings, the Jeronimos Monastery is filled with beautiful carvings and tiles that depict scenes from the Bible and maritime symbols of that era. Also, this monastery houses some of the most famous tombs of Portuguese Royalty, famous explorers, and poets.

Q. Where is Jeronimos Monastery located?

A. The Jeronimos Monastery is located on Praça do Império 1400-206 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Q. What are some of the highlights of Jeronimos Monastery?

A. The Jeronimos Monastery has many attractions. These include the famous tombs of Vasco Da Gama, Luis de Camoes, Fernando Pessoa, the South Façade, the Cloister, the Church of Santa Maria de Belem, and many others. 

Q. How to reach Jeronimos Monastery?

A. The easiest way to reach the Jeronimos Monastery is to take the tram from Line 15 and get down at Mosteiro Dos Jeronimos station. You may also catch any of the direct trains from Cais de Sodre to Belem Station. Direct buses also operate on routes 727, 28, 729, 714, and 751.

Q. What are the timings of Jeronimos Monastery?

A. The Jeronimos Monastery is open to visitors from 10 AM to 05:30 PM every day except Mondays from October to April and from 09:30 AM to 6 PM every day except Mondays from May to September. 

Q. What facilities are available in Jeronimos Monastery?

A. Restrooms are located in the cloister area. The Church, Jeronimos Monastery, and the lower levels of the Cloister are wheelchair accessible. 

Q. Is Jeronimos Monastery wheelchair accessible?

A. Yes, the Church, Monastery, and the lower levels of the Cloister are wheelchair accessible.

Q. Is photography allowed in Jeronimos Monastery?

A. Yes, photography is allowed in Jeronimos Monastery, however heavy video equipment like tripods and monopods are not allowed. Also, please avoid using flash. 

Q. Is it worth visiting Jeronimos Monastery?

A. Established as a UNESCO Heritage center in 1983, the Jeronimos Monastery is an iconic architectural, cultural and spiritual heritage that marks the beginning of the Age of Discovery. This was an exciting time in Europe when other countries and continents were discovered and colonized. It is a marvelous complex that depicts the history of Portugal.