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Address: Praca do Imperio, Lisbon 1400-206, Portugal
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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No expense was spared when they built this masterpiece of Manueline and...

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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A true masterpiece but be prepare to queue

True masterpiece . and the best timeline of world history I have ever encountered (part of the exhibition to celebrate 500 years of the monastery) ... Despite a long queue of 50... read more

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Bierges, Belgium
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

True masterpiece . and the best timeline of world history I have ever encountered (part of the exhibition to celebrate 500 years of the monastery) ... Despite a long queue of 50 minutes to buy tickets, it did not feel crowded inside. No way to buy tickets on line. No free leaflets in any language. ...

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Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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Beautiful buildings, but the exhibitions were not that great. It was a bit of a hike to get there and lines were enormous. All in all it was not worth it given that we only had a couple of days in Lisbon.

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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Unless you are very into ecclesiastical architecture I would give this a miss. Two cloisters and a few side rooms isn't a lot for €10 and it was fairly crowded even in April

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aude
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Interesting building both inside and out with a nice park just in front of it to sit and watch the ducks in the shade

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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is in all tour guides and it looks spectacular from outside so, after seeing the chapel (entrance on the right) which is free you decide to wait in line to seek admission (a very long cue even for Lisbon city pass card holders). Once inside, the frustration ends. The building it is just beautiful and the exhibition which puts... More 

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London, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This monument was definitely worth the lines. We bought a combo pass at the tower of Belem and were largely able to skip the queue. The stone work in the cloisters were spectacular. Although busy we were able t see everything we wanted as long as we were patient. History and religious buffs should not miss this

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Rijeka, Croatia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The most prominent achievement of the Manueline architecture was built in the 16th century after Manuel I made a vow that he would build a monastery should Vasco da Gama return successfully from the trip to India. He did, with a cargo of pepper which was enough to pay for his voyage sixty times over. This monument is the highlight... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Quick tip - if the line at the East end is huge, just go underneath the middle flags and buy a ticket there and walk right in. You can get into the church without the ticket, but the monastery itself is just too amazing to be missed!

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milano
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Impressive mix architetture (arabic/gotic/roman) outside and the St. Peter port with all apostles. Inside surprising all columns till the end of navate without basement for the Chapel above the Altar.

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If unable to visit in the day, it looks magnificent when lit up at night! Also the pasteis de belem shop is less busy if you go in the evening (I didnt even have to queue!)

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