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Belém Tower, Lisbon

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Must see · World heritage site · Landmark · Tourist Spot
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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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  • Very beautiful structure to view, unfortunately the queue to enter was huge so could only admire it from the outside. 
    Very beautiful structure to view, unfortunately the queue to enter was huge so could only admire it from the outside.  more »
  • very beautiful and unusual place. We were impressed. Do not miss it, enjoy the views of the tower, which is located in the water. we really liked it 
    very beautiful and unusual place. We were impressed. Do not miss it, enjoy the views of the tower, which is located in the water. we really liked it  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.

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