A World Heritage Site, Belém Tower played an important role in Portuguese exploration during the Age of Discoveries. View the native beige-white limestone used in this Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style. King John II commissioned a defense system to be built at the end of the 15th century. The tower was not built until later, under King Manuel I, and was finally completed in 1519. Though the tower has seen many changes and additions to its original structure, it is still most famous for its beautiful 15th century architecture. As you explore, you'll discover the historical value of this site, which served as a defense at the mouth of the Tagus river and as a prison to many over several centuries. With our custom trip planner, Lisbon attractions like Belém Tower can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Belém Tower Reviews
Torre de Belem is a beautiful well-preserved monument. I was surprised how small it was, it looks so much bigger in photos! We only saw the tower from the outside as we were told there is nothing... more »
This is essentially where the "Age of Discovery" began. Can't begin to describe its significance. Of the European countries that set out to "discover" the New World, Portugal was first and their... more »
Incredible gothic tower overlooking the river. It looks like it would be washed away with the incoming tide, but has stood firm for the last few centuries and survived even the big great earthquake... more »
This is a reasonably priced attraction and it has really nice views/photo opportunities of the river and waterfront. It's a VERY tough climb for anyone who will have trouble on stairs, though. Well regulated up/down system of red and green lights makes the stair traffic manageable. Video about the tower was out on the day we visited, otherwise it was great.
A must see place. Very worth visiting. Nice experience inside touring. This is a beautiful architecture with many photo opportunities. There could be waiting for entrance since there is a limit to the maximum number of visitors at a time. I recommend this place to visit first if you also plan to visit nearby attractions since it is located furthest from the center of the city otherwise you will have to make trips back and forth.
It's a great ancient place and a beautiful tower in wonderful condition. It is well worth the trip over to see from the center of town. Expect to find a crowd because this is quite a gathering place. Just stand back and watch how people gather around and enjoy the setting.
Great experience, restricted amount of people allowed in at a time so its never crowded. They have a system for the narrow steps so they don't get blocked and it works well. The views are lovely, it's well worth a trip, a bit outside of the city so get a tram or a taxi. Knocking off one star because the prison cells were closed without a reason bit otherwise we loved it.
It's a nice tower on the beach. Very historic and you can enter the place but the queue was way too long. We skipped it and took pictures from outside. Heard from other people who entered that it wasn't worth to pay to go inside. The outside view is more than enough.
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