Belem Tower (Torre de Belem), Lisbon

Belem Tower (Torre de Belem), Lisbon (must see)

Belém Tower or the "Tower of St Vincent" is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese Age of Discoveries. Commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River, as well a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon, the fortified tower was erected in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but also incorporates hints of other architectural styles. It was built from a beige-white limestone local to the Lisbon area and thereabouts called Lioz.

Touristy? Absolutely! But still a not-to-miss on clear days. The site is picture-perfect, well maintained and just amazing for its history. The biggest draw is climbing to the top via a very narrow spiral staircase. Locals play music and sell goods outside. There is a large park nearby to hang out, eat a picnic lunch, or let the kids run.

Tip:
Unless you're lucky to arrive at a short line, it's best to admire from the outside garden versus investing too much time in line to enter. If you insist on getting inside, buy your ticket online or at a kiosk in the adjacent park to bypass the lengthy queue. A Lisbon Card will have you queueing with everyone else (but, at least, you won't have to pay the entrance fee!).

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 10am–5pm

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Belem Tower (Torre de Belem) on Map

Sight Name: Belem Tower (Torre de Belem)
Sight Location: Lisbon, Portugal (See walking tours in Lisbon)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Lisbon, Portugal

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Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

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Belem Walking Tour

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Lisbon Introduction Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Alfama Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles

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