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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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  • Really impressive little tower. Doesn’t take long to view, half an hour is plenty. Great views from the location on the river. Then a short stroll to the impressive Monastery…. 
    Really impressive little tower. Doesn’t take long to view, half an hour is plenty. Great views from the location on the river. Then a short stroll to the impressive Monastery….  more »
  • When we arrived at the tower it was quite confusing where to get tickets from, but we were directed to a kiosk about 200m away. The tower afforded excellent views of the river and the surrounding... 
    When we arrived at the tower it was quite confusing where to get tickets from, but we were directed to a kiosk about 200m away. The tower afforded excellent views of the river and the surrounding...  more »
  • We took the hop on/off tour bus and got some amazing moody photos, worth a visit for sure. interesting structure. We then walked along to Padrao Dos Descobrimentos which was a lovely walk. 
    We took the hop on/off tour bus and got some amazing moody photos, worth a visit for sure. interesting structure. We then walked along to Padrao Dos Descobrimentos which was a lovely walk.  more »
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  • Breathtaking place. Definitely worth to visit. I was impressed to see the castle in the water, and this small beach where you can take a photo in front of the castle. Might be too crowded. Also, there is a nice park nearby, and many other sightseeing are very close
  • Such a beautiful tower. It's amazing how it's held up over the course of time and the stories it could tell. Beautiful day, not a lot of people. Nice that there is a large green space to relax and just take it in (not supposed to bring dogs, but some people do). Oh, and there is a bathroom near the road.
  • Such a beautiful scenery. This stunning UNESCO World Heritage tower was once the port of embarkation for Portuguese explorers and a ceremonial gateway to the capital. These cloudy sunset made the place even more magical and special. Nevertheless, what fascinated me the most was the little bay with waves constantly splashing to our feet.
  • Such a gorgeous tower on the sea. Lovely to visit inside as well and get great views. The ticket office is in the park and you need a ticket to go inside. Otherwise it is free to admire from the outside. Someone was playing the violin outside which really added to the experience.
  • This was a picturesque spot. We went in and took the steps up through the tower. You can’t go all the way to the top. They sent giant groups of people up the stairs. Once you reach the rooms there really isn’t much to see. There are so many people that you end up getting right back in line to go up more steps to another crowded room. When we came out of that we rent into the bigger room. It was literally an empty room with a bunch of cannons. Not really to me worth the money for the ticket. But it was very beautiful outside. Tip: if you want to go in buy your ticket online and save yourself the wait at the ticket kiosk located in the garden.

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