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Monastery of Jeronimos, Lisbon, Portugal.

More than any other ecclesiastical building in Portugal, the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos complex represents the wealth that poured into Lisbon from the colonies during the Age of Discovery.

Begun in 1502 in Belém, the seaport near the gates of Lisbon, the Jeronimos Monastery is the world's most distinctive Manueline church.

Richly ornate and unlike any other building in Europe, it has, among other features, columns carved in patterns inspired by the rigging of Portuguese caravels laden with riches from Brazil and India.

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