We got our delicious pastry at Pastéis de Belém and ate them while strolling around the best market in Portugal. Since we’re already in Belém, it makes sense to visit one of the most famous tourist destinations in Lisbon, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, or Jerónimos Monastery.
This is a pretty impressive building just from the outside, with so many intricate carvings and statues right at the entrance.
You can tell just how imposing the building is from how small the people looked standing near it.
The carvings on the exterior reminded me a lot of Canterbury Cathedral in the UK.
Let’s venture inside!
Inside, the similarities to Canterbury Cathedral continued. The Cloister’s beautifully detailed ceilings and columns remind me so much of the Cloister in Canterbury Cathedral.
However, one thing Jerónimos Monastery has that Canterbury Cathedral doesn’t is this majestic-looking dome.
The sky was also much more bluer than in the UK!
When we visited, it looked like something was being filmed in the Cloister, so there were blue mats on the grounds.
Even though seeing all the bright blue was a bit distracting, it doesn’t take away from the impressive architecture.
I would love to go back and visit Jerónimos Monastery again when the Cloister is free of any anachronisms. Seeing all the blue mats and covered cameras made it feel more like a movie set instead of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guess I just have to plan another trip soon!