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Torre de Belém, {CATEGORY}

Originally built as a defense battlement in 1515, this tower is now a symbol of Portuguese exploration and discovery. Commissioned by King D. Manuel I, the tower showcases a fine example of fortified military architecture from the Middle Ages as it stands guard over the river Tagus. With its many terraces, it provides a breathtaking view of the river. The entrance is via a wooden bridge that traverses the river below and since 1983 it has been dubbed a global property declared by UNESCO.

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Address: Avenida da Índia, Lisbon 1300

City: Lisbon

Country: Portugal

Phone 1: +351 21 346 3658

Official site: www.mosteirojeronimos.pt

Opening hours: Oct-Apr Tues-Sun 10am-5pm. May-Sept Tues-Sun 10am-6pm

Entrance fee: Admission 3€ ($3.90) adults, 1.50€ ($1.95) for young adults 15-25 years, free for children under 14 and for seniors (65 and over), Sun free until 2pm

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Torre de Belém, {CATEGORY}

The quadrangular Tower of Belém is a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery. Erected between 1515 and 1520, the Manueline-style tower is Portugal's classic landmark and often serves as a symbol of the country. A monument to Portugal's great military and naval past, the tower stands on or near the spot where the caravels once set out across the sea. ts architect, Francisco de Arruda, blended Gothic and Moorish elements, using such architectural details as twisting ropes carved of stone. The coat of arms of Manuel I rests above the loggia, and balconies grace three sides of the monument. Along the balustrade of the loggias, stone crosses represent the Portuguese crusaders. he richness of the facade fades once you cross the drawbridge and enter the Renaissance-style doorway. Gothic severity reigns. A few antiques can be seen, including a 16th-century throne graced with finials and an inset paneled with pierced Gothic tracery. If you scale the steps leading to the ramparts, you'll be rewarded with a panorama of boats along the Tagus and pastel-washed, tile-roofed old villas in the hills beyond. acing the Tower of Belém is a monument commemorating the first Portuguese to cross the Atlantic by airplane (not nonstop). The date was March 30, 1922, and the flight took the pilot Gago Coutinho and the navigator Sacadura Cabral from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. At the center of Praça do Império at Belém is the Fonte Luminosa (the Luminous Fountain). The patterns of the water jets, estimated at more than 70 original designs, make an evening show lasting nearly an hour.

Torre de Belém, {CATEGORY}

The quadrangular Tower of Belém is a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery. Erected between 1515 and 1520, the Manueline-style tower is Portugal's classic landmark and often serves as a symbol of the country. A monument to Portugal's great military and naval past, the tower stands on or near the spot where the caravels once set out across the sea. ts architect, Francisco de Arruda, blended Gothic and Moorish elements, using such architectural details as twisting ropes carved of stone. The coat of arms of Manuel I rests above the loggia, and balconies grace three sides of the monument. Along the balustrade of the loggias, stone crosses represent the Portuguese crusaders. he richness of the facade fades once you cross the drawbridge and enter the Renaissance-style doorway. Gothic severity reigns. A few antiques can be seen, including a 16th-century throne graced with finials and an inset paneled with pierced Gothic tracery. If you scale the steps leading to the ramparts, you'll be rewarded with a panorama of boats along the Tagus and pastel-washed, tile-roofed old villas in the hills beyond. acing the Tower of Belém is a monument commemorating the first Portuguese to cross the Atlantic by airplane (not nonstop). The date was March 30, 1922, and the flight took the pilot Gago Coutinho and the navigator Sacadura Cabral from Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro. At the center of Praça do Império at Belém is the Fonte Luminosa (the Luminous Fountain). The patterns of the water jets, estimated at more than 70 original designs, make an evening show lasting nearly an hour.

Torre de Belém, {CATEGORY}

Originally built as a defense battlement in 1515, this tower is now a symbol of Portuguese exploration and discovery. Commissioned by King D. Manuel I, the tower showcases a fine example of fortified military architecture from the Middle Ages as it stands guard over the river Tagus. With its many terraces, it provides a breathtaking view of the river. The entrance is via a wooden bridge that traverses the river below and since 1983 it has been dubbed a global property declared by UNESCO.

Torre de Belém, {CATEGORY}

Originally built as a defense battlement in 1515, this tower is now a symbol of Portuguese exploration and discovery. Commissioned by King D. Manuel I, the tower showcases a fine example of fortified military architecture from the Middle Ages as it stands guard over the river Tagus. With its many terraces, it provides a breathtaking view of the river. The entrance is via a wooden bridge that traverses the river below and since 1983 it has been dubbed a global property declared by UNESCO.

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Harbor and marina
Monument
School and university
UNESCO World Heritage site
Museum

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