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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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  • The tower looks so interesting, we decided to go in. The ticket office is an utter disgrace. We stood for nearly half an hour in the boiling sun, with less than 15 people in front of us. It is... 
    The tower looks so interesting, we decided to go in. The ticket office is an utter disgrace. We stood for nearly half an hour in the boiling sun, with less than 15 people in front of us. It is...  more »
  • Nice to head out of central Lisbon. Train down from metro station €1.50. We didn’t go in as many suggest not much is gained but worth going to have a look round at the beautiful architecture! 
    Nice to head out of central Lisbon. Train down from metro station €1.50. We didn’t go in as many suggest not much is gained but worth going to have a look round at the beautiful architecture!  more »
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  • It was really cool to see and take pictures! We got there after closing so weren't able to enter inside. But it was worth visiting even just to see and take pictures outside. It is unique compared to most other sights in Lisbon.
  • 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 do...you won’t need to go! See for yourself. :)

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