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Tower of Belém
The Belém Tower symbolizes military and maritime power of Portugal. This Manueline monument was built between 1515 and 1521 by King Manuel I to defend the port of Lisbon, but also served as the lighthouse and the control tower. UNESCO listed this monument as World Heritage.
Tower of Belém: a reminder of the great maritime discoveries time
UNESCO says: "It is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world."
Tower of Belém: built in the Manueline style
Tower of Belém: in 1983 UNESCO classified it as a World Heritage Site
Tower of Belém: icon of Lisbon

Built in Manueline style during the Age of Discoveries, in 1520, the Tower served to defend the Tagus River bank.

The architect, Francisco de Arruda, had previously worked on Portuguese fortifications in Morocco, so there are also Moorish-style watchtowers and other Moorish influences. Facing the river are arcaded windows, delicate Venetian-style loggias, and a statue of Our Lady of Safe Homecoming, a symbol of protection for sailors on their voyages.

Once a symbol of King João II’s power, as the new centuries passed, the tower had been given different functions such as a customs control point, a telegraph station, a lighthouse and even a political prison.

open hours:
from 10h00 to 17h00 (no Monday)
up to 14: 0€; from 15 up to 18: 2,5€; from 19 up to 64: 5€; from 65: 2,5€
address: Avenida da Índia
phone: +351 213 620 034
Train: Belém (Cais do Sodré - Cascais)
Tram: 15
Bus: 729,742,749,751
Nearby locations
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.
The Maritime Museum is a museum located in the west wing of the Hieronymite Monastery. You can see here: different kinds of boats, royal barges, charts, maritime instruments and historical seaplane.
The Monument to the Discoveries was inaugurated in 1960 during celebrations of the 500 year anniversary of the death of the Infant D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator). It is visited by millions of people each year.
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."
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.
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