Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon

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.


Keith Miller said...

Wow! Steven, this is beautiful!!!

Steven Givler said...

Thanks Keith!