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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. Our Lisbon tourist route planner makes visiting Belém Tower and other Lisbon attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • It stands apart and can be hard to find. Just across the road from the Jeronimos Monastery. Look for the underground tunnel or the over road bridge. Not well signposted so it might be time to take a t...  more »
  • In my opinion just seeing it from the outside is good enough. Make sure you click some pictures standing outside Belem.  more »
  • A very interesting heritage spot. Even more interesting were the grounds around the tower. A mosaic on the ground showing the Portuguese conquests and trade routes over the last 4-5 centuries was fasc...  more »
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  • If I had to review only the tower it would be probably 5 stars. It is in a nice location, the view is lovely and nice architecture. However, this place is so overrun by people that whoever is running it, is unable to cope with the amount of people want to see it. We waited for approx. 45 minutes to enter. Then there was a second wait before we could go all the way up (20 minutes). But the best part was to be stuck with 120 other people on the roof for another hour before we were able to leave. The staircase is so narrow that you can't pass each other. So there is a constant traffic jam in there.
  • Not only is there a lengthy line to get in which can take an hour, once inside we had to wait a further 15 minutes to get to the first floor, after which the wait was 45 minutes to get to the top. Once at the top you're stuck for an hour before you're allowed to leave. Forget it. Just take some nice photos outside and grab a cocktail.
  • Don't bother going in the tower. You can take pictures outside and save yourself time and money. You are forced to wait in many queues​, even after you get in. We tried to get a refund after we were told that it would be an hour before we could go up the tower stairs, but they refused to refund our money. I'm happy we didn't go up in the end, as I have now read that people are also forced to wait upstairs before being allowed to leave. A total rip-off.
  • It's a shame about the lines, because the tower is quite unique and beautiful. If you are going to visit, make sure you have advanced tickets. That will save you from waiting in 1 of 3 queues you will find yourself in.
  • The tower is very nice to see from the outside. We went in but were quite dissapointed. There really isn't much to see and it was so crowded on the stairs and the view on top isn't great. It's definitely worth to go have a look at the tower and have a walk around it. But I wouldn't buy the ticket to get in.

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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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