Monument to the Discoveries and Belem Tower

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Monument to the Discoveries and Belem Tower Lisbon Reviews

loripori loripori
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BELEM TOWER Jan 25, 2017

This military masterpiece, was built in the early 16th century in the Manueline style. TORRE DE BELEM is a fortified tower located in the Belem District of Lisbon. The Tower, constructed between 1515 and 1521, was built as part of a defensive system at the entrance to the River Tagus.

Moorish influence can be seen in the decorations - the arched windows, the balconies and the ribbed cupolas of the watchtowers. Originally, the Tower stood on a little island near the right bank of the River Tagus. With the progressive creep of the shoreline over the years, the Tower is now on the bank itself.

I must say that the Belem Tower is my absolute favorite Lisbon structure. It's just so beautiful and in such lovely surroundings.

Belem Tower became a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE in 1983.

Located on Praca da Torre de Sao Vicente, Belem

Friday May 29, 2009

VT Tour of Lisbon

Lisboa or LISBON, located on the estuary of the River Tagus, is the capital of Portugal and its biggest city.

A must see is the Alfama District, one of the oldest quarters in Lisbon. Since it survived the earthquake of 1755, the area still retains much of its original layout. Adjacent to the Alfama area is the equally old quarters of Castelo and Mouraria, which are located on a hill crowned by St. George's Castle. Lisbon also has a rich mix of museums and culture.

On our VT Tour of Lisbon, we got to see many of Lisbon's gems, starting with the magnificent Jeronimos Monastery. Just across the way from the Monastery, is the massive Monument to the Discoveries and a little ways walk to the right, is the Belem Tower.

We had the opportunity to taste the delicious custard tarts at the famous Pasteis de Belem and had lunch in the beautiful tiled refectory of Cervejaria Trindade.

Went up the Santa Justa Lift, with wonderful panoramic views of the city and also the Miradoura de Sao Pedro, which also has great views, especially the Castle. Antonio also arranged a wine tasting at Vini Portugal. We had the opportunity to taste four wines from different regions of Portugal. After that, we hopped on to the vintage tram #25 and headed for the Docas for our Friday night dinner. All in all a busy day, but we got to see quite a bit of what Lisbon has to offer.
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Cho says:
I was in Lisbon in 2004 and really enjoyed my visit. Saw all the wonderful sights, including the Belem Tower and the Jeronimos Monastery. What I remembered most about Belem Tower was a vendor who tried to sell me postcards in a dozen different languages!
Posted on: Feb 26, 2017
loripori says:
Belem Tower and the Monastery were two of the highlights of Lisbon. Thanks for stopping by Malena.
Posted on: Feb 13, 2017
MalenaN says:
I liked Belem too, but unfortunately the tower was not open when I visited.
Posted on: Feb 13, 2017
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JasperO JasperO
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Beautiful monuments May 23, 2013
The monument of the discoveries and the Belem tower are both located on the North side of the river Tagus. The disctance between the two sightseeings is not so far. They are both beautiful monuments which are worth visiting when you visit Lisbon.

During my visit in Lisbon I was with a organized city tour by buss so I don't know how you can reach the Monument of the Discoveries and the Belem tower by public transport.

You can visit both of the monument inside. The Belem tower gives an impression about the past and the Monument of the Discoveries gives a nice view over the first part of the city and the river Tagus.

When you visit this part of Lisbon it is recommended to take your time for this part, because you can enjoy of nice views over the river.
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fran2011 fran2011
24 reviews
Jul 05, 2006
These two beautiful structures are located right next to the Tagus River in the Belem district of Lisbon, Portugal. The Monument to the Discoveries is a very large structure made of concrete, resembling a caravel. On each side of the monument there are huge statues of important Portuguese explorers and merchants. At the tip of the monument (the front of the caravel), there is a statue of Henry the Navigator looking out on the Tagus River. Flanked on either side of him are the statues of Ferdinand Magellan and Vasco da Gama. Visitors can access the top of the large structure by taking an elevator at the back of it all. At the top, you can see great views of the city, the river, and of nearby Belem Tower.

Belem Tower is near the Monument to the Discoveries, and used to be a fortress built to protect Lisbon. The small size of the structure may have fooled invaders, but this small fortress carried out the functions of a large fort! The answer to its success is in the location. Right on the mouth of the Tagus, it could fend off any enemy! The architecture used in this great building is amazing, Renaissance style!!

Both of these attractions are a must for any traveler stopping in Lisbon!! Have fun!
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