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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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  • Must for all tourists. The tower is beautiful, but the garden in back is wonderful and you can rest at ease in banks that are spread across the lawn, beautiful view to the river Tagus
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  • cute, admission is 6 euros, we couldn't go to the Tower, there were many people. but worth the view inside. the surroundings are beautiful, much tourism, many people sunbathing. I really liked
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  • Is too full, there's a line to climb the stairs. The stairs are bad, tight and snail, not worth the ascent and the time spent. Do not recommend. There's nothing in it, just a room displaying video on the history of the tower.
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  • Good tourist attraction. Many narrow flights of stairs, but several landings to rest. Good views. Signs in English as well Portuguese. Free at certain days and times, when there will be long queues.
  • Torre de Bélem, vale a pena a visita.
  • Belém Tower (Portuguese: Torre de Belém, or the Tower of St Vincent is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery)because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defence system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. The tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles. The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and a 30-metre (98.4 ft), four-storey tower. It has incorrectly been stated that the tower was built in the middle of the Tagus and now sits near the shore because the river was redirected after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In fact, the tower was built on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore.
  • The tower is definitely great on the outside but.... We waited for one hour to get a ticket on a sunday noon. I thought judging by the line that only a limited number of people were allowed inside and that's why it took forever but surprise! There was only one single ticket booth at the entrance... I've seen people who had the Lisbon card which gives them free entrance and who still had to wait in the line! So if you plan to visit also the Monastery, do get a combined ticket there to skip the line at the Tower. We also waited another 30 minutes to get to the top and another 15 min to go down. There is actually not much to see inside (well, it was a defense tower not a fancy castle), and very few informative signs explaining the historical context. View from the top is not bad IF you manage to get a good spot on the overcrowded floor but IMHO you get a better view on the Tagus from the Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Honestly, this was not worth the 2 hours wasted, unless maybe if you go during sunset for the view or manage to avoid peak times; if there is too much people around, don't bother to go inside.
  • Portuguese important land mark. Good to see the mosteiros dos Jerónimo garden. All arround is a good spot to pass by when visitting Lisbon.
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