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  • Day66

    Lissabon II

    July 13, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Heute fahren wir mit dem Bus nach Belém. Eigentlich ist das ein Vorort von Lissabon, aber man denkt es ist ein Viertel der Stadt. Zuerst schauen wir uns das "Mosteiro dos Jerónimos" an, ein riesiges Kloster. Der Haupteingang der dazugehörigen Kirche ist wunderschön, mit vielen Figuren. Die Kirche kann man umsonst besichtigen. Danach geht es zum "Torre de Belém" und dann zum Seefahrerdenkmal "Padrão dos Descobrimentos". Das hat uns wirklich begeistert. Als Abschluss wollten wir noch zur "Pastéis de Belém" gehen um die "Pastéis de Nata" zu essen, der Andrang ist nicht normal! Die Schlange war über 30m lang auf der Straße! Daher haben wir uns für ein kleines Café drei Häuser weiter entschieden.
    Wir lieben die kleinen Kuchen!!
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  • Day334

    Portugals Erbe in Lissabon

    July 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Ein Freund aus Lissabon sagte mir: "Auf der einen Seite ist Spanien und der Anderen der Atlantik - kein Wunder, dass wir so gute Entdecker und Seefahrer waren."

    Ferdinand Magellan#Vasco da Gama#uvm.#Pasteis de Nata#Café Expresso#Sagres#SuperBock#Wein#Azulejo#Keramikfliesen#Fado#Essen&Trinken

  • Day1

    Altis Belém

    April 7, 2018 in Portugal ⋅

    Day 1 of the Portugal trip was all about relaxing and eating in style. After a quick dip in the pool and a sit in the steam room, we dined at Feitoria - a Michelin star winner. Things are looking up in Portugal :)

  • Day74

    Monastery of Jeronimos - Belem

    March 14, 2018 in Portugal ⋅

    Our beautiful sunny days were replaced by Storm Giselle that was causing heavy rain and strong winds throughout Portugal, prompting the weather office to issue a severe weather advisory. By noon the rain and wind had lessened so we set out on our day trip to the suburb of Belém. The bus stop was a 5 minute walk and within 45 minutes we were in Belém.

    The 15th century King erected the Monastery as a thank you for the discoveries made by the Portuguese explorers. Prior to this, the sailors would spend their last night in prayer in a small chapel before heading out on the frightening voyages. Monks often accompanied the sailor/pirates on their trading/pillaging trips hoping they could convert these heathens to Christianity. They also often financed the expeditions.

    The Monastery was massive. We’ve seen many cathedrals on this trip and they are often similar in design but unique as well. Admission was only €5, which was the half-price rate for seniors. Portugal has not price-gouged tourists as we feel the entrance fees have been very reasonable, especially with the much appreciated senior discount.
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  • Day6

    Lissabon - Belém

    November 2, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Mit einer Tageskarte für Metro, Bus und Straßenbahn in der Tasche ging es auf gen Westen nach Belém, einem Stadtteil von Lissabon. Erstes Ziel war das Mosteiro dos Jeronimus. Wie immer schöne alte Kirche, schnieker Kreuzgang, ein bisschen Weihrauch um die Nase... und die übliche Heerschaar an Touristen. Wir standen an ca. vierzigster Stelle, nach uns füllte sich der komplette Platz und gefühlte weitere 5.000 kamen dazu🤷🏼‍♂️ Zum Glück waren wir schnell durch und entkamen dem Massentourismus gut👍🏼 Drinnen war‘s schön, gab viel zu sehen inklusive Grab von Vasco da Gama.

    Danach ging‘s zum Torre de Belém einem Turm von fünfzehnhundertirgendwann... riesen Schlange davor, Foto von außen gemacht, für toll befunden und damit für besichtigt erklärt.

    Wetter war top, Snacks und Käffchen lecker... alles bestens.

    Ach ja, übrigens Snacks: die berühmtberüchtigten Patel de Natas wurden hier angeblich erfunden, heißen schlauerweise dann eben Patel de Belém, schmecken auch vorzüglich, is halt mit Schlange stehen verbunden, wenn welche haben will... wir wollten👍🏼
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  • Day5

    Maritime museum. Belem

    June 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    the botanical garden closed at 8 pm. We then wandered over to the church and Monestary and down towards the maritime museum which of course had closed hours ago.

    they had a nice courtyard with lots of old anchors and some boats on display.

    someone was walking their beagle and he barked just like wesley.....and very obedient when his owner gave him food.

    we crossed the street to the plaza in front of the Belem Cultural centre. Colin said it reminded him of Revolution square in Cuba, large open space, industrial buildings.
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  • Day5

    Monument to the Discoveries - Belem

    June 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    This was built in 1960 honouring the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator by rebuilding a giant riverside monument which had originally been constructed for the 1940's world fair.

    It takes the shape of a huge caravel ship in full sail with Henry at the helm and explorers on board behind him.

    There is one woman, his mom Phillipa of Lancaster (she was british) there was a strong English/portuguese alliance.

    Behind henry on the west side is King Manuel holding his armillary sphere, poet Comoes, on the east side is vasco Da Gama and Pedro Cabal ( he 'discovered' Brazil)

    There is this huge marble map in the pavement, showing the portuguese 'discoveries' around the world..... and then the tiles surrounding that marble map are in the shape of waves and do give the optical illusion of movement and uneven terrain.
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  • Day5

    Monastery of Jeronimos

    June 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    We found our first Starbucks. :( The entire front street was very touristy, we only saw the sign in the distance. there was another one of those exercise circuits in the park. Off above the Blooming Jacarda trees you can see the Monastery.

    It was Sunday so very very busy as this is still an active church and a church service had just been held. We entered in through the south portal which is unusual as this door is normally kept closed. Just as we went in the organ was playing, it was lovely and loud. the acoustics are incredible. You can just imagine what it would have been like in the 1500's when this monastery was built.

    It is made of white limestone, stretches for 300 yards , King Manual (1495 ruled from 1495) erected it as a thank you to the early discoveries made by the early portuguese explorers. It was financed via "pepper money" a 5 % tax on spices brought back from India. - i.e. all those great spices that those same portuguese explorers brought back and then traded with other poorer European countries that did not have any established trading ports in the East.

    King Manuel built the church near the site of a humble chapel where sailors spent their last night ashore in prayer before embarking on their frightening voyages.

    this style of architecture is unique to Portugal and is called Manueline. Amazingly finely detailed carvings, lots of religious symbolism, lots of oceanic themes, shells, ropes, lots of flora and fauna and lots of diversity. It was a pretty amazing church to wander around and see all these different carvings in the columns, walls, niches..

    more from Rick steves:
    ...Monks often accompanied the silor pirates on their trading pillaging trips hoping to convert the heathens to Christianity. Many expeditions were financed by the order of crhist, a brother hood of soldier monks (i think this is the knights templar and their square cross is everywhere). The monks who inhabited this cloister were Hieronymites - followers of St Jerome, hence the monastery name of Jeronimos.

    King Manaual did much to promote exploration, but he is also the king who forcibly expelled all the Jews. gthe spanish Reyes Catolicos -Ferdinand and Isabel - agreed to allow Manuel to marry one of their daughters if he expelled the jews. - end of Rick Steves info

    The South Portal which we entered, amazing amount of detail in this entrance. There is a picture in the guide with 48 different entries for the different statues, and busts and medallions all within this portal.
    Back to rick - the fancy portal facing the street, is textbook Manueline. Henry the navigator stands between the doors with the King's patron saint St Jerome (above on the left with the lion) Henry (Manuels uncle) built the original sailors chapel on this site. this door is only used when mass lets out or for saturday weddings ---this was why we were able to get in today mass had just happened, and look at the crowds around that entrance. l
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  • Day5

    Monastery of Jeronimos south portal

    June 10, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 64 °F

    more details from the south portal.

    The different saints all have some sort of symbolic thing with their carvings I think. this from a later display in side the cloister:
    St Augustine, has has bishop like hat
    St Paul, a sword
    St Mathew , a child
    St John, an eagle
    St Luke, a bull or ram
    St Mark, a lion

    The central figure is Henry the Navigator, the guy responsible for sending out all these explorers, although he never actually went out himself. ( only one trip I believe into Africa)

    on either side of the door are two medallions thought to be king Manual and his spanish queen Isabella...

    The other carving shows a scene of the crucifixion I think. There is a different style of cross with 2 cross pieces, but I have read something about that in the past, although I can't remember what I read, other than the crosses did have different styles throughout the ages.
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Algés, Alges, AGS

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