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High Choir

We know that the High Choir predates the year 1551, for in that year it is mentioned in a report on the transfer of the mortal remains of Manuel I to the Monastery. Amongst other things, this space served fundamental activities of the monks of the Hieronymites Order - prayer, singing and religious acts - as the Chapter Room was not completed until the 19th century.

The rows of chairs, which occupy almost all of the High Choir, are "one of the most beautiful works bequeathed to us by the artistic carpentry of the Renaissance", according to Haupt. It was designed by Diogo de Torralva and executed by Diogo de Çarça in 1548-1550. The Hieronymite monks, who followed the rules of St. Augustine, spent seven hours each day here.

Above the balustrade hangs a "Christ Crucified" sculpture resplendent in silver, the work of Philippe de Vries/Filipe Brias.

The walls are adorned by a number of paintings representing the Apostles (ten only, as two paintings were lost in 1755) and a painting of St. Jerome and one of St. Augustine, all by an unknown artist.

The balcony, which collapsed in the earthquake of 1755, was rebuilt in 1883.

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