Monday, May 24, 2010

Monastery of the Hieronymites (UNESCO WHS)

A great addition to my UNESCO WHS Collection with thanks to Catia of Portugal. She sent me this card for our UNESCO stamped swap. Monastery of the Hieronymites stands at the entrance to Lisbon Harbour – construction of which began in 1502 – exemplifies Portuguese art at its best (Ref: UNESCO site).

In wikipedia I read that the monastery withstood the Great Earthquake of 1755 without too much damage. But when the building became vacant in 1833 by the abolition of the religious orders in Portugal, it began to deteriorate to the point of almost collapsing. Interesting!

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