The cloister is a synthesis of different genres and styles, reflecting an effective interpretation of the principles of late Gothic. There were three campaigns for its construction between 1503 and 1551. Jacques de Boytac is its original author, and he worked here until 1516. From then on it is João de Castilho who finishes this cloister, with slight decorative changes, as regards the pilasters originally cylindrical exteriors. It is a square-shaped cloister, faceted in the corners (virtual octagon) and two vaulted floors in limestone. The four sides of the cloister galleries have 20 medallions that show instruments of Christ's passion, and royal heraldry.
Capital, largest, and wealthiest city in Portugal and one of the leading economic centers on the Iberian Peninsula. Although located in the westernmost corner of Europe, the city is firmly embedded in the European Union, hosting a couple of EU agencies. Visit Baixa, the downtown city center and Alfama, the oldest district in the city or just chill out in one of Lisbon’s memorable parks – Parque Florestal de Monsanto, one of Europe’s largest urban parks or Parque Eduardo Vll, off the main drag. Last but not least, Lisbon plays host each September to the Lisbon Gay & Lesbian Film Festival - Queer Lisboa.