Belém Tower 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 around 1514 by Francisco de Arruda 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, 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.



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Founded: 1514
Category: Castles and fortifications in Portugal


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Dipumaza- Google Trusted Photography (15 months ago)
Belém Tower (Portuguese: Torre de Belém, pronounced [ˈtoʁ(ɨ) dɨ bɨˈlɐ̃ȷ̃]), officially the Tower of Saint Vincent (Portuguese: Torre de São Vicente) is a 16th-century fortification located in Lisbon that served as a point of embarkation and disembarkation for Portuguese explorers and as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. It was built during the height of the Portuguese Renaissance, 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.
Marcel van Poeijer (2 years ago)
Beautiful, but not 'amazing'. Definitely visit this site during your stay in Lisbon, but don't expect too much from it. The history behind the tower was the most impressive part. Easily accessable by taking a bike tour or using the metro/train. Walking is also possible, but might take a while from the city centre.
Liam Gahan (2 years ago)
Closed so didn’t get to go up however it is a beautiful tower and located next to a equally beautiful war monument. Lots of nice photo opportunities. Toilets nearby and not far away from the main town. Don’t look at the photos on google, if you won’t need to go! See for yourself. :)
Myriam JS (2 years ago)
MUST SEE as well if you are coming to Lisbon.
Can Lehr (2 years ago)
Very nice and open place. You can be safe after dark! This is a really good place to hang out. Beautiful view, nice area. I like the lights at night, these are like little suns that make this area bright at night. I really enjoyed my time here and I will go back for a nice Picknick!
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