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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Belém Tower Reviews
This is a beautiful tower in wonderful condition. It is well worth the trip over to see from the center of town. Expect to find a crowd because this is quite a gathering place. Just stand back and watch how people gather around and enjoy the setting.
The tower is interesting but not worth all the waiting and the price. Maybe when it's not high season so it's less crowded. It's enough to see it from the outside and read some info about it from a guide. Rather take pictures of the tower from the park and rest there under the trees as the location truly is excellent and enjoy the view of Tagus river. Discovery monument is a much better place as the view from the top is outstanding.
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