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Belém Tower


Wednesday : 10am–5:30pm Open

+351 213 620 034

Av. Brasília, 1400-038
Lisbon, Portugal

38.6916° N, 9.2160° W

Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) is one of the few towers that survived from medieval times. It’s located on the Tagus River, near the Belém district of Lisbon. The Tower of Belem is a monument and a museum at the same time. It was constructed as a monument to the Portuguese maritime disclosures and to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s discovery of a sea route to India.
The real master Francisco de Arruda worked on the magnificent architecture of the tower. Elements of Gothic and Moorish styles are harmoniously intertwined in his creation. Belem Tower was built in 1515 as part of the defense system for Lisbon to protect the city from any invaders from the sea. During its history, Portuguese predecessors used the tower as a gunpowder store, prison, and customs.

Belem Tower has been a tourist attraction since then, and it has become one of Lisbon’s most popular landmarks. It is one of the oldest military monuments in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tower stands on what was once an island called the Island of Belem (now connected to the mainland by bridges). The area around Torre de Belem park can be considered as an entertainment hub for tourists visiting Lisbon. There are many restaurants, cafes, bars and shops around this place that offer a wide range of food and drinks, souvenirs and other items - all at affordable prices to cater to tourists’ needs.
Near the Tower of Belém there is a Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos). It was opened in 1960 in honor of Heinrich the Navigator and other famous sailors. Sculptor Leopoldo de Almedida and architect Telmo Cottinelli created a project in 1940 as a temporary structure. And now concrete and rose-tinted monument stands on the very spot where the sailboats used to set sail on their journeys. It is shaped like a ship and on both sides of it there are 32 figures of prominent Portuguese (Bartolomeu Dias, Diogo Can, Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan and others).

How to get there: 

  • By tram № 15
  • By bus № 714, 728, 729, 751

Working hours:
  • October to April: 10:00 to 17:30
  • May to September: 10:00 to 18:30
  • Closed on: 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 13 June, 25 December

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