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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  • Well maintained from the outside. Don’t wait if the line is on the bridge. Padrao dos descobrimentos is a better place for picture opportunity. Nice walk to get there.  more »
  • After a 45-minute queue got going, that error! on the inside it has nothing and also if you raise is so close that they have had to put a system of traffic lights which is a real mess and end up finding people who low because it has not respected the traffic light and they don't fit... come on two in the spiral staircase that by out precious po r inside a horror and waste of time... michas there are things to do in Lisbon for wasting time here
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  • This monument is known internationally. Worth a look, even if it is harassed by salesmen of "memories"... as everywhere in the sights
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  • Very nice place to visit. I suggest to buy tickets ahead of time (at least 1-2 days before the visit) because otherwise it’s approximately one hour wait to enter. They have a limitation of a total number of people visiting the tour at a time. I think it’s about 200 people. The view on top is pretty.
  • This is a very beautiful place to visit. Awesome views to beach and the white color of the structure of the tower is magical. It makes you feel like some sort of pirate movie and you can always chill in the gardens that surround the tower. It might be a little far from Lisbon, but you can get there by train pretty easy. A must go.
  • Picturesque structure. Prettier from the outside than inside. I'd say save your money and time on the inside your unless you are really interested in that sort of thing. Focus on the outside views and enjoying its' architectural beauty.
  • Looks romantic outside. especially when you walk on the bridge to the entrance, the waves sometimes can even reach you :) The view from the top is great. But a big minus is having to stand in lines at almost every step: 1) at the entrance (be sure to arrive before early closing time at 5 p.m!), 2) on the way to the top; 3) on your way down :) The stairs is extremely narrow, so the coordination here is done using a "traffic light": when you're down, you have to wait for green light to start walking up the stairs, as while it's red, it means people from the roof are getting down the stairs now. And the same with getting down, so the visit would be tim-consuming.
  • Very interesting place and truly photogenic. I recommend visiting in the mornings because the ticket line gets very long later. Even tho some rooms aren't used to their full potential it really is worth visiting for the view from the top of the tower.
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