ladies enjoying the Manueline cloister of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos in
Along with azulejos Manueline Gothic architecture is one of
Portugal's most unique artistic offerings.
A highly elaborate form of late Gothic style it evolved during the
reign of Dom Manuel I (1495 - 1521) and was consequently labelled
Manueline though Manuel didn't have a whole lot to do with it apart
from agreeing to fund it.
This was Portugal's 'Age of Discoveries' period led by Vasco da Gama,
when colonies such as Brazil brought in huge resources and inspired
a spending spree unlike any before or since in the country.
The sailing ships and men that discovered these riches that led to
extravagant new constructions were celebrated in many Manueline works
that featured coral, thick ropes, anchors and seaweed.
Some of the most famous Manueline sights are:
- The cloisters of the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos in Lisbon (more
- The Torre
de Belem, Lisbon (near Jeronimos), Lisbon.
- The unfinished chapels of Mosteiro
- A window outside the Chapter House of the Convent
of Christ, Tomar.
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