Jerónimos Abbey of Santa Maria
- Part of Scala’s prestigious series on Portugal’s most important historical monuments
- Features specially commissioned plans, photographs and drawings
Originating in the late 15th century, this magnificent building is a superb and important subject for this series. Published to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the completion of Jerónimos Abbey, this book includes specially commissioned plans, photographs and original drawings. The lively text reveals the great riches of the site’s architecture as well as its art historical significance. Recent restoration has revealed afresh the quality of the art preserved here, as well as the beauty of the local stone from which the abbey was built. Not only is Jerónimos Abbey the defining example of the transition from Gothic to Renaissance architecture in Portugual, it is also a site of immense tranquility. Of special interest to scholars and students of Portuguese architecture, this guide will also fascinate anyone exploring Lisbon’s most visited architectural site.
Paulo Pereira is Vice-President of IPPAR (Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico) and an art historian specializing in Manueline architecture.