Vasco da Gama´s Tomb
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Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
N 38° 41.845 W 009° 12.350
29S E 482100 N 4283219
Quick Description: Vasco da Gama (Sines or Vidigueira, Alentejo, Portugal, c. 1469 – December 24, 1524 in Kochi, India) was a Portuguese explorer, one of the most successful in the European Age of Discovery, and the first person to sail directly from Europe to India.
Location: Portugal
Date Posted: 10/20/2006 4:04:14 PM
Waymark Code: WMVVH
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
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Long Description:

Vasco da Gama (Sines or Vidigueira, Alentejo, Portugal, c. 1469 – December 24, 1524 in Kochi, India) was a Portuguese explorer, one of the most successful in the European Age of Discovery, and the first person to sail directly from Europe to India.

Commissioned by King Manuel I of Portugal to find Christian lands in the East (the King, like many Europeans, was under the impression that India was the legendary Christian Kingdom of Prester John), and to gain Portuguese access to the commercial markets of the Orient, da Gama extended the sea route exploration of his predecessor Bartolomeu Dias, who had first rounded Africa's Cape of Good Hope in 1488, culminating a generation of Portuguese sea exploration fostered by the nautical school of Henry the Navigator.

Da Gama's voyage was successful in establishing a sea route from Europe to India that would permit trade with the Far East, without the use of the costly and unsafe Silk Road caravan routes, of the Middle East and Central Asia. However, the voyage was also hampered by its failure to bring any trade goods of interest to the nations of Asia Minor and India. The route was fraught with peril: only 54 of his 170 voyagers, and two of four ships, returned to Portugal in 1499. Nevertheless, da Gama's initial journey led directly to a several-hundred year era of European domination through sea power and commerce, and 450 years of Portuguese colonialism in India that brought wealth and power to the Portuguese throne

He died in the city of Cochin on Christmas Eve in 1524. His body was first buried at St. Francis Church, Fort Kochi, Kochi, then later his remains were returned to Portugal in 1539 and re-interred in Vidigueira in a splendid tomb. The Monastery of the Hieronymites (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos)  in Belém was erected in honor of his voyage to India and is where is body rests now.


Notes: The birth day and month are unknown.
The Tomb is inside the Church.
Description:
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Date of birth: 01/01/1469

Date of death: 12/24/1594

Area of notoriety: Other

Marker Type: Tomb (above ground)

Setting: Indoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Out to Apr 10h to 17h / Mai to Sep 10h to 18h

Fee required?: No

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