Back in the days of discovery, Portuguese explorers would spend their last night in Portugal at the Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon. They would stay awake, praying for a safe and successful voyage. In the morning, they would set sail. As vessels returned, laden with the spices that made Portugal wealthy, a portion of that wealth would be returned to the Monastery as a sign of gratitude. Over the years, what had once been a humble building became a grand edifice, a reflection of Portugal's wealth and power. That wealth and power may have faded, but the monastery remains, a reminder of how things used to be.