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The light conditions wasn't the best. I had strong light in the walls of the Monastery in foreground and lack of light in background. Anyway i like the POV and post it

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The Jernimos Monastery is usually referred to as the jewel of the Manueline style. This exclusive Portuguese style combines architectural elements from the Gothic and from the Renaissance periods, joining them with a royal and naturalist symbology, that makes it unique and honourable.

In 1496, King D. Manuel I asked the Holy S for permission to build a large monastery on the banks of the river Tagus. The works started in 1501 and almost a century later everything was done. D. Manuel I and his descendants were buried in marble tombs located in the chancel of the church and in the transept lateral chapels.

Dedicating the monastery to the Belm Virgin was another factor that influenced the royal decision. The Jernimos Monastery replaced the church of Saint Mary of Belm where monks of the Christ Order gave assistance to sailors passing through. For this reason, D. Manuel I chose the monks of the Saint Jernimo Order whose functions were to pray for the soul of the king and give spiritual assistance to the sailors that left Praia do Restelo in discovery of new lands.
Because the monastery was built on the sand banks of the river Tagus, the great earthquake of 1755 had little effect on the structure.
In 1907 it was declared a National Monument and in 1984 it was classified Cultural Heritage of all Humanity by UNESCO.
There remains a lot to be said about this monument, but I leave you with one final word... AMAZING!
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Monumento riqueza dos Descobrimentos, o Mosteiro dos Jernimos situa-se em Belm, Lisboa, entrada do Rio Tejo. Constitui o ponto mais alto da arquitectura manuelina e o mais notvel conjunto monstico do sculo XVI em Portugal e uma das principais igrejas-salo da Europa.
Destacam-se o seu claustro, completo em 1544, e a porta sul, de complexo desenho geomtrico, virada para o rio Tejo. Os elementos decorativos so repletos de smbolos da arte da navegao e de esculturas de plantas e animais exticos.
O monumento considerado patrimnio mundial pela UNESCO, e em 7 de Julho de 2007 foi eleito como uma das sete maravilhas de Portugal

Nikon D40X
2008/09/21 07:11:13.2
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/1.3 sec - F/14
Exposure Comp.: +5.0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Hue Adjustment: 0
Saturation: Enhanced
Sharpening: Medium high

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