Saturday, February 9, 2008
The Jerónimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) is located in the Belém district of Lisbon and can be considered one of the most magnificent monument of Lisbon and certainly the most successful achievement of the Manueline style. In 1983 it was classified by the UNESCO, with nearby Tower of Belém (Torre de Belém), as a World Heritage Site. The Treaty of Lisbon was signed on 13th December 2007 at this Monastery (photo above), laying down the basis for the reform of the European Union.
Gordon: in what specifically concern its church of Santa Maria, please read the following article at [Wikipedia]. It explains the different construction periods.