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Tower of Belém

The Tower of Belém (Torre de Belém) is a fortified tower located in the Belém District of Lisbon. The official name of the tower is the Torre de São Vicente. The Tower of Belém is the symbol of the maritime discoveries of Portugal. The Tower of Belém was built in the period 1515-1521 on a small island in the Tagus River. The tower is the most important building of the Portuguese Manueline style. The design of the Tower of Belém was influenced by the North African styles and mudéjar style. The tower has a rib vaulting and is decorated with an armillarium sphere, sculpted twisted ropes, nautical elements, common to the nautically inspired Manueline style and crosses of the Order of Christ. One of the most important Grand Masters of the Order of Christ was Prince Henry the Navigator, the main initiator of the voyages of discovery, he made Portugal a great seafaring power in the 15th century. The tower is about 12 metres wide and 35 metres tall. The tower is accessible by a small bridge. Nowadays, the Tower of Belém is one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal and a historic destination in Portugal. The Tower of Belém is part of the UNESCO World Heritage: Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon. The Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém in Lisbon gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.

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Tower of Belém - Tower of Belém in Lisbon: The loggia on the second floor. The Tower of Belém is the symbol of the Portuguese maritime...

Tower of Belém in Lisbon: The loggia on the second floor. The Tower of Belém is the symbol of the Portuguese maritime discoveries. The Tower of Belém was built as part of a large defence system and as a ceremonial gateway into Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. The design of the Tower of Belém was influenced by the North African styles and Mudéjar style. The official name of the tower is the Torre de São Vicente.

  1. Tower of Belém - Tower of Belém in Lisbon: The loggia on the second floor. The Tower of Belém is the symbol of the Portuguese maritime...

    Tower of Belém in Lisbon: The loggia on the second floor. The Tower of Belém is the symbol of the Portuguese maritime discoveries. The Tower of Belém was built as part of a large defence system and as a ceremonial gateway into Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. The design of the Tower of Belém was influenced by the North African styles and Mudéjar style. The official name of the tower is the Torre de São Vicente.

  2. Tower of Belém - The Tower of Belém is one of the most iconic buildings of Lisbon. The tower was part of a larger defence system at the mouth of...

    The Tower of Belém is one of the most iconic buildings of Lisbon. The tower was part of a larger defence system at the mouth of the Tagus River in Portugal. The Tower of Belém was built in the 16th century. This Monument to the Discoveries of Portugal was also built to guard Lisbon from sea bound attacks. The tower is the most important building of the Manueline style in Portugal. The tower is about 12 metres wide and 35 metres tall. 

  3. Tower of Belém - The Tower of Belém is a fortified tower located in the Belém District of Lisbon. The tower is the most important building...

    The Tower of Belém is a fortified tower located in the Belém District of Lisbon. The tower is the most important building of the Portuguese Manueline style. The unique Manueline style is an important part in the Portuguese history of art, the style was strongly influenced by the glory of Portugal as a seafaring nation and their voyages of discovery in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Tower of Belém is decorated with the first European stone carving of a rhinoceros.

  4. Tower of Belém - The 25 de Abril Bridge viewed from the Tower of Belém, a 16th century tower in Lisbon, built on a small island in the Tagus...

    The 25 de Abril Bridge viewed from the Tower of Belém, a 16th century tower in Lisbon, built on a small island in the Tagus River. The bridge is one of the landmarks of Lisbon. The bridge spans the Tagus River at the narrowest point. The 25 de Abril Bridge is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém in Lisbon gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.

  5. Tower of Belém - Tower of Belém: The balcony on the first floor is decorated with sculpted crosses of the Order of Christ. One of the most famous Grand...

    Tower of Belém: The balcony on the first floor is decorated with sculpted crosses of the Order of Christ. One of the most famous Grand Masters of the Order of Christ was the Portuguese Prince Henry the Navigator, he was the main initiator of the voyages of discovery and made Portugal a great seafaring power in the 15th century. The Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém are the most visited sights in Lisbon.

  6. Tower of Belém - The Tower of Belém on a rainy and misty day. The Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of Portugal, the tower...

    The Tower of Belém on a rainy and misty day. The Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of Portugal, the tower was built during the reign of King Manuel I. When the tower was finished in 1521, it was situated much farther from the bank of the Tagus River than it is today, but the earthquake of 1755 changed the course of the river and in the 19th century, the land on the north bank of the river was reclaimed, making the Tagus much narrower.