Highlights of this tour
- Jeronimos Monastery: closed on Monday
- Jeronimos Church: closed on Monday
- Belém tower and monument
- Custard tart café
Discover Beautiful Lisbon during this tour that begins with a visit to the famous Jeronimos Monastery and Church. The Jerónimos (Hieronymus) Monastery is – more than the Torre de Belém – a symbol of Portuguese power and wealth in the 15th and 16th centuries. This beautiful abbey cannot miss from your Lisbon bucket list.
The construction began in 1502 under the architect Diogo de Boitaca. The base of the buildings is Gothic, however this would change about fifteen years later, under architect João de Castilho. He made the monastery to what it is today: a beautiful example of the so-called Manuel style, named after King Manuel. A way of architecture you can find in many other places in Lisbon. Today you will hear all about it.
Next stop is the Belém tower and monument, which is listed as UNESCO world heritage. Built in the early 16th century The Tower of Belém honored the voyages of discovery of Vasco da Gama. He died in 1524, during an expedition to India to stop corruption. Sadly he never made it there, and he passed away before there was any land in sight. Originally he was buried in India, but later his remains were returned to Portugal and placed in the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, near the Tower of Belém.
The tour ends well as you indulge yourself in the heavenly flavors of the famous Portuguese tarts: Pastéis de Belém. Also called: Pastéis de Nata. These are puff pastry tarts filled with vanilla cream and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. The exact recipe for these Portuguese tarts is a secret, as only the owner and the two chefs of Confeitaria de Belém in Lisbon know. In their shop, they sell almost ten thousand pastéis every day.
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