Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lisbon: Capital of Portugal Part 2

After our lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe in Lisbon, we headed to the Monastery of Jeronimos, which is one of the most magnificent things you will ever see. The monastery was built over 1000 years ago, and it takes up an entire city block!
Just to show you how large it is, my husband and I are standing across the street from it. Do you see how tiny the people look compared to it?
The central courtyard was very peaceful and I really enjoyed having a closer look at the details on the pilars.
There were 12 of these little doors and we found out that they represented the 12 apostles. These were where the priests would listen to the confessions of the people.
I couldn't believe how detailed even the ceilings were.
Here is a view of the inside of the monastery. Again, you can see by the size of the people just how gigantic this place is!
There is a life-size replica of Jesus on the cross. I am not acustomed to seeing it that large and it was that much more special to me.
The display above is made of solid gold!
And of course, the trip would not be complete without some dead people! Portugal seems to have a fascination with keeping their famous desceased people above the ground, either in a box for all to see, or in the very least, in a tomb. The ones above are of the famous explorer Vasco da Gama and the famous poet Luis de Camoes.

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