Belém Tower, Lisbon

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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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  • We have seen Belém before Easter and the tower with the sea a little envravecido, spectacular and brilliant I recommend visit
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  • The whole of the tourist parts of Belem are really interesting. Queuing was a bit slow but worth the wait.  more »
  • Walk way across the sea - in rough weather you can get wet Lots of steps to the top but good views when you get there. Signage is poor and a bit peculiar so be careful you don't go round twice  more »
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  • This place was great for me, but if you're not into history, especially medieval history, maybe give this one a miss. It costs €6 for adults, €3 for other people (including students and children). The insides, as many others have said, aren't as awesome as the outside. If you have time, definitely visit here just to see it - definitely worth your time. However, if you aren't really into your medieval history, maybe visit the Castle of St Jorge instead which is slightly more interactive / interesting.
  • Belem tower - Nice n Serene place to go. Even though it looks normal but it's famous for its history. Public transport : I would suggest to go either by tram 15 or by train. Buses will stop at a long distance. Also the tour buses like yellow bus, city circle sightseeing bus etc frequency is less in this place.
  • Waited 1.5 hours in line to get across the bridge and enter. They only allow 120 people into the tower at once. Despite handfuls of people walking out, They were not allowing people to enter. We spent about 35 minutes without moving a step. Upon getting in and paying 6 euros per person, the wind and rain picked up significantly and they forced us out of the tower without refund. I paid 12 euros to spend 5 minutes seeing about 1/5th of the tower. I understand our safety was a priority but once we were out, a refund should be granted. Not a great experience. Wish we had just taken pictures of it and moved on. Very nice and historic tower to be able to see though.
  • Very nice touristical site of Lisbon! For me it was very impressive to see what they were able to built in the past! I was unfortunately very late there, because I was after a meeting quickly there! From the center you travel there by train. For me it was definitely worth to see the Torre of Belem.....I will probably come back another time!
  • Beautiful on the outside, boring on the inside. This may not be worth your time or money. Be aware that there is a very limited amount to see on the inside, but it takes a rather long time to see due to staircase logistics. There is one staircase. When you want to go up, you must wait for a green arrow. The arrow will last 3 minutes, then turn red and beep for 45 seconds, then turn the other way (indicating you can only go down) for 3 minutes. You ultimately will get off at each floor, take just too much time reading the information, and then be left to wait for 3-4 minutes while the arrow points the other way. There are far better sights to see in Lisbon. This is also very out of the way from the main sights.
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