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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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  • It’s just a gorgeous piece of architecture from whatever angle you look at it. Each year we come to Portugal we revisit these places as they make a fascinating riverbank walk at sunset. First we go... 
    It’s just a gorgeous piece of architecture from whatever angle you look at it. Each year we come to Portugal we revisit these places as they make a fascinating riverbank walk at sunset. First we go...  more »
  • Beautiful,clean place. Awesome experience. Had roasted chestnuts enjoying the scenario. Great souvenir jobs, reasonable prices, super friendly people 
    Beautiful,clean place. Awesome experience. Had roasted chestnuts enjoying the scenario. Great souvenir jobs, reasonable prices, super friendly people  more »
  • A historic sight at the side of the river with a pleasant walk in the surrounding area. Can be easily reached with a tram from the centre of Lisbon. There are other sights nearby that can be visited.....  more
    A historic sight at the side of the river with a pleasant walk in the surrounding area. Can be easily reached with a tram from the centre of Lisbon. There are other sights nearby that can be visited.....  more »
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  • Closed so didn’t get to go up however it is a beautiful tower and located next to a equally beautiful war monument. Lots of nice photo opportunities. Toilets nearby and not far away from the main town. Don’t look at the photos on google, if you do...you won’t need to go! See for yourself. :)
  • It's a nice landmark and the setting is beautiful, but for all the hype about it I expected more. It's closed due to the pandemic so you can only see it from the outside. It's impressive of course, but rather small and unimposing. And being the tourist attraction that it is there are swarms of tourists. A nice park and ample space to walk along the estuary make this a nice place to visit.
  • MUST SEE as well if you are coming to Lisbon.
  • Nice tower and a nice park next to it. I was there in the afternoon and it was perfect weather. You will see many parents bring their babies out and about. Also, they have some standing food stall around too but not many restaurants there so better eat before going. This is a perfect place to chill and hang out with friends.
  • Very nice and open place. You can be safe after dark! This is a really good place to hang out. Beautiful view, nice area. I like the lights at night, these are like little suns that make this area bright at night. I really enjoyed my time here and I will go back for a nice Picknick!

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