1782 Tv 3 de Maio, Lisbon, Portugal
Belém Tower Lisbon Reviews
Nice Towel Nice View ! Mar 06, 2011
Belem tower built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland.
It is a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery, often serving as a symbol of the country, and UNESCO has listed it as a World Heritage monument.
Built in the Manueline style, it incorporates many stonework motifs of the Discoveries, sculptures depicting historical figures such as St. Vincent and an exotic rhinoceros that inspired Durer's drawing of the beast.
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.
Personal believe is the highlight of the city and you must visit it !
Easy access with tram no 15 and the ticket price are 5 euro @ 2011 !
Some photos available to have a look :)
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The most popular monument of Lisbon Mar 10, 2011
The Belém Tower was built in 1915 by Manuel I at the exact spot where Vasco da Gama sailed to India. It is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
When it was built, the tower was entirely on the river Tagus. It was a lighthouse, a fortress and even the place where ships paid the entrance fee to the city. After a big earthquake in 1755, the river was diverted and now the tower is located on the banks of the river.
Lisbon was the capital of a vast maritime empire and the tower was its symbol.
It is one of the most popular and photographed monuments of Lisbon.
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