Tower of Belém
Belem Tower © Go Lisbon
Belém Tower, also known as the Tower of Saint Vincent, is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belem in the municipality of Lisbon. The tower was built in the 16th century to serve as a fortress in the middle of the River Tagus. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Jeronimos Monastery, because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries.
The famous Belém Tower is one of Lisbon's most photographed landmarks because of the decoration on its exterior. The outer walls are adorned with beautiful openwork balconies and a stone-carved rope, along with Moorish watchtowers and battlements shaped like shields. Visitors to the site should make sure to get a guided tour to learn the rich history of the beautiful structure.
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