Torre De Belem

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Lisbon, Belem, Portugal

Torre De Belem Reviews

mind_lisboa mind_lis…
3 reviews
Torre de belem...worth it or not Jun 18, 2011
Well, i guess its worth doesnt have too much for seeing inside, but you get a pretty good idea of the last fort of defense from the ships who entered at had an important mission for defense, and was the place where the ships left on the discovery of the new world.....which its the most important past of portugal.

guess that on sunday morning its free

enjoy :)
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Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
252 reviews
Great atmosphere Sep 14, 2010
Belém has plenty of sights to offer, the most famous one is the Torre de Belém. It was built between 1515 and 1521 as a fortress in the middle of the river the Tagus. It was the starting point of the ships who went out to explore trade routes and it became the symbol of Portuguese expansion. Next to serving as a guard tower, it was also used for storage of weapons. The basement was used as prison, while the top floors had a residential area.

I loved walking around the Torre de Belém, it has a great atmosphere and from the windows of the residential area there is a great view of the bridge Ponte 25 de Abril (the Golden Gate Bridge of Lisbon) and the Cristo Rei. Next to that, the details in the architecture of the tower are fabulous.
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Stunning views Dec 03, 2010
Originally built in the sixteenth century, this tower would have been used for defence and look out purposes across the riverside.

The building is stunning and gleaming with a beautiful white colour and is surrounded by water. You can go right up to the top of the tower, which gives some spectacular views of Lisbon. The top also has these little lookout rooms which are pretty cool to go into!

The tower also has this winding staircase, and its narrow size means that you have to take it in turns to go up and down between each of the floors. The system works pretty well though. If the number of people going down exceed the amount going up, they are going to get priority and the other group will have to wait on the current floor for a minute!

Within each floor, there isn't much information and the rooms are lacking many contents either.

This building is a little expensive at 5 Euros, especially since there isn't much to do! If you go, make sure the weather is good and just enjoy the views and being near the river!
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HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
Quick stop, then keep going Aug 23, 2010
On a long day trip, it was one of the earliest stops. It has some nice history as noted by Jefrois, but it's not super exciting. It makes a nifty photo opp and it's right off the water. If you're walking around, it's also a nice stop to make.
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jefrois jefrois
30 reviews
Nov 13, 2007
Tower of Belem was built both as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon and as part of a defence system defending the Portuguese capital. Even though it is almost 500 years old, it is kept in amazing condition and allows visitors to see the canons ready for any attackers, go down into the dungeons that housed the prisoners, as well as be in awe of architectural details as well as the views of the Tagus river from the top of the tower.

Belem Tower was the last place that Portuguese sailors saw when beginning their expeditions and also the first place that they saw upon returning from their voyages. When in Belem it is a must visit for everyone!

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