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Belèm. Lisbon Reviews

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Belèm. Mar 16, 2017
Belèm is a district of Lisbon. It is located six kilometers from the city center. It was the starting point for many discovery voyages. For instance it was from here that Vasco da Gama embarked on his voyage from Portugal to India in 1497.

One of its main attractions is the Jeronimos monastery (1502-1551); a huge white building with a magnificient carved portal and a big two-storeys cloister (see review...). Not far from the monastery there is the Discovery monument. It is a 52 meters high monument. It was built in 1960 in memory of the 500th anniversary of Prince Hernry's death. Here several famous people are carved on this huge caravel shaped sculpture; Henry The Navigator, king Alfonso V, Vasco Da Gama and many others. These were people who played an important historical role in the discoveries.

After quite a long walk you arrive to the tower of Belèm. It was built between 1515 and 1520. This is the only monument built mostly in Manueline style in Lisbon (some of its decorations date from the renovation of the 1840). It served as a lookout point over the Tagus river and to defend the port of Lisbon. It was used as a fortress, a prison, a lighthouse and also as a telegraph office and a custom post.
The Belèm tower.
The monument to the discoveries.
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