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Belém
Beautiful, culturally resplendent and immensely significant in Portuguese history, Belém is one of the jewels in Lisbon’s crown. In terms of places to visit and sights to see, this elegant area of the city probably holds the record.
Belem
Situated alongside the River Tagus, at the point where it meets the Atlantic, Belém is the place from which the caravels sailed on their voyage of discovery and in the 16th century life here revolved around the port.
Belem
Belém: quarter seen from the Tagus river side
Belem
Nowadays it is an area of leisure and recreation where historical monuments lie cheek and jowl with modern museums, contemporary art exhibitions and busy cafes.

Amongst Belém’s attractions are the Jerónimos Monastery, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Torre de Belém, the Belém Cultural Centre and Museum of Carriages.


Train: Belém (Cais do Sodré - Cascais)
Tram: 15
Bus: 714, 727, 728, 729, 751
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This pastelaria located in Belem is the most famous bakery in Portugal and dates back to 1837. Inside number 84 of the Rua de Belém, in a factory founded in 1837, you can see azulejo panels from the XVIIIth century, almost as famous as the sweet pastries sold there.
This charming and didactic garden has over 400 tropical species. It was created in 1906.
In 1907 it was declared a National Monument and in 1984 it was classified “Cultural Heritage of all Humanity”. UNESCO says: "Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites - construction of which began in 1502 - exemplifies Portuguese art at its best."
This amazing museum, housed in the Royal Riding Arena of Belém Palace, has one of the world’s best collections of royal, aristocratic and ecclesiastical coaches from the 17th to 19th centuries.The National Coach Museum is located nearby the Tagus River in the pleasant neighbourhood of Belém, precisely in the Praça Afonso de Albuquerque, in the western part of Lisbon. A former Riding Arena belonging to the Palace of Belém, this building was transformed into a museum in 1904 and enlarged with a new side hall in 1940.
Belém Cultural Center offers four exhibition areas. It has since become the host of numerous international exhibitions (from photography to mixed-media installations), cultural events and congresses, and is also an arts complex with the city’s largest auditorium.
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