Jeronimo Monastery, Tower of Belem, Monument to the Discoveries, Pasteis de Belem(yum!)

Belem Travel Blog

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We made our way to Belem, which is only a few miles outside Lisbon, easy to get to by tram or taxi from Praca de Commercio...

The first stop was Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Jeronimos Monastery is the last place where sailors would pray before leaving for their expeditions, it is also the place that holds the tomb of Vasco de Gama...

We then made our way to Torre de Belem, Belem Tower, is a magnificent structure built to commemorate the explorations of Vasco de Gama... You can walk around the interior, check out the many canons that are positioned throughout the building, and go down to the dungeons and see where the prisoners where held captive...

After the tower, we walked over to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, Monument to the Discoveries, which celebrates the achievements the Portuguese during the Age of Discovery in the 15th and 16th century.

Monument to the Discoveries, honoring the great explorers of Portugal
.. Among the individuals included on the monument are: Henry the Navigator (sponsor of the Age of Discovery), Vasco da Gama (discoverer of the sea route to India), Pedro Álvares Cabral (discoverer of Brazil), Ferdinand Magellan (the first to circumnavigate the globe), King Manuel I (ruler during the Age of Discovery)... We enjoyed a magnificent sunset here!!!

After all that history we were hungry, so we made our way to Casa Pasteis de Belem... Pastéis de Belém is a a small cream tart found throughout Portugal's pastry shops or cafés. legend has it that it was created before the 18th century by Catholic Sisters at the Jerónimos Monastery Casa Pastéis de Belém in Belem was the first place outside the convent selling this creamy dessert, and there they're called Pastéis de Belém, after the name of the area. Since 1837, locals and tourists alike have been coming here to get them warm straight out of the and with as much cinnamon and powdered sugar as they want!!!

Crow1147 says:
"We made our way to Belem, which is only a few miles outside Lisbon, easy to get to by tram or taxi from Praca de Commercio..."

It's easy because Belém is inside Lisbon lol

Belém is still Lisbon.
Posted on: Oct 02, 2013
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