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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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  • We love meeting Tower of Belém ... and local tb where it is. Worth the visit; wonderful view .... As well as eating the famous Dim sum delicious.
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  • Watchable at any time, with the stone that tells the many stories of Lisbon. Caution: to live it from the inside to arrive before closing soon enough ...
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  • At the same time, beautiful monument typical to visit, at the edge of the Tagus River, but in the neighborhood, there are far better!
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  • Waited in a very long line starting at 3.20pm. There are signs saying they close at 5pm, but we didn't think that would be a problem as they could not possibly refuse someone who had waited since 3.20, could they? However, closing time approached and we hadn't made it all the way over the bridge yet, probably 20 people before us. At 4:58, a lady came out of the door yelling 'closed'. She randomly let another ten people in and then indeed closed the entrance. How outrageously disrespectful and ridiculous. Why don't they close the line or maybe the bridge an hour before and tell people not to queue anymore?! I'm not complaining about the long lines. I am complaing ablout the inhuman way they treat people waiting there, since clearly not a SINGLE thought has been spent on handling the (long known) masses. Needless to say it was a disappointing, wasted afternoon.
  • Lovely views of the Ponte 25 de Abril and waters of Rio Tajo. It's very scenic and it's a popular spot for sailboats. I didn't go inside since the wait was long and the views where better from a distance. It's closed on Mondays. Good if you would like to enjoy the view and take photos without as many people in them :D There's food carts selling food and drink and a nice promenade to enjoy near by.
  • One of the most beautiful monuments of Lisbon. From here the Caravels departed to the unknown. Meditate in this very curious monument. Its decoration and strocture are all in all a atempt to immortalize those enterprises, the world should never forget. Actually the tower tell also the history of the future Portugal. Fernando Pessoa studied very carefully this sight, has he say: foi no mar que Deus espelhou o céu. Falta cumprir-se Portugal!
  • It has a great view at the top but it isn't easy to access. The stairs are narrow, only one person fits. Which means that everybody is either going up or going down. Be aware if you don't feel comfortable in small places. There might be queues. Free to visit at the first Sunday of the month.
  • The tower is a wonderful architectural gem, a must-see if you are in Lisbon. Situated on the River Tagus, near the mouth of the river. Close to the Monastery of Geronimo, beautifully kept, symbol of the city that is definitely worth visiting. Not to be missed