Igreja De Santa Maria De BelemCurrently Closed
- Address: Praça do Império, 1400-206 Lisbon, Portugal
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +351-213620004
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Church, Architecture
Completed in 1601, it took a century to build this stately, mind-numbingly beautiful church and monastery. Its architecture is known as the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline; this, and other important features, made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Its highlights are:
- Ornate Manueline south portal by Joao de Castilho
- The Axial portal is noted for its evident signs of transition from the Gothic style to Renaissance
- The transept's unsupported vault gives rise to the illusion that it is floating
- Six 25-metre-highoctagonal columns of intricate Renaissance decoration
- Altars from the 16th and the 17th centuries
- The classical Chancel by Jerónimo de Ruao, made for the royal family, with tombs of king Manuel I and his wife Maria of Aragon; and of King Joao III and his wife Queen Catherine of Austria.
- Tombs of Vasco da Gama and Luis de Camoes
- The beautifully laid out two storey cloister of the monastery.
- Tomb of the poet Fernando Pessoa, poet and playwright Almeida Garrett, historian Alexandre Herculano, and erstwhile presidents Teofilo Braga and Oscar Carmona
Also located on the complex are the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (National Archaeological Museum) and the Museu da Marinha (Maritime Museum). Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Lisbon Itinerary 7 Days.
- Sunday: 9 am, 10:30 am, 12pm and 7pm
- Monday to Saturday: 9:30am and 7pm
- Buses 15E, 201, 727, 751 stop Belem-Jeronimos
0.92% of people who visit Lisbon include Igreja De Santa Maria De Belem in their plan
2 PM - 3 PM
95% of people start their Igreja De Santa Maria De Belem visit around 2 PM - 3 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Igreja De Santa Maria De Belem
50% of people prefer walking in order to reach Igreja De Santa Maria De Belem
Santa Maria de Belem (free entry) is the Church at Jerónimos Monastery that you can enter and visit separately to the rest of the monastery grounds. Built during much of the 16th century, this is a beautiful church, featuring fine representation of Late Gothic Manueline and early Renaissance architecture. Opening Hours are 10am-6pm (Tues - Sat), 2-6pm (Sun). The church is closed on Mondays. Do take a few minutes to enjoy the South Portal entrance before entering the Church of Santa Maria. This entranceway is highly decorative with a multitude of small pinnacles and numerous carved figures. Near the entrance to the monastery there is another smaller but equally delightful entrance into the church. The interior of the church features a tall nave with ribbed vaults, supported by thin octagonal shaped pillars. This is a Late Gothic Manueline gem, similar to the architecture you will see throughout the cloister within the monastery. The front chapel showcases a touch of renaissance. Frescos and royal tombs can be seen here, while the tomb of Navigator, Vasco de Gama is situated in the back of the nave. Impressive stained glass windows, frescos and decorative walls adorn the remaining sections of the nave. Note: If you visit the monastery grounds, there is second floor viewing area, overlooking the inside of the church. This is a great vantage point for viewing the interior of the Church of Santa Maria. Overall, a visit to Jerónimos Monastery and the Church of Santa Maria is highly recommendable during visits to Lisbon. This is one of the clear highlight of time spent in Belem. History and architecture fans in particular will want to make time for this attraction.
I’m not religious, but even as a nonbeliever, the architecture of this church is impressive with its high vaulted ceilings, very elaborate columns, and stunning stone elephants. Worth a visit. (Unlike the monastery, you can visit the church for free.)
Really beautiful and huge church of Saint Maria. It is built within the Jerome Monastery but can be visited for free. The architecture is spectacular Gothic and is a must visit in Lisbon.
A piece of history that must bei seen, If you are in Lisboa
Besides being an incredibly beautiful church, for European history nerds like me, it’s final resting place of Vasco de Gama.