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Belém Tower, Lisbon

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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 was built as a defensive structure and is quite nice to see. You can visit the inside, but from reading reviews it seems the long wait is not really worth it. You can however get a skip the....  more
    The tower was built as a defensive structure and is quite nice to see. You can visit the inside, but from reading reviews it seems the long wait is not really worth it. You can however get a skip the....  more »
  • Interesting from the outside, but we wait almost 2 hours to enter and it was not interesting on the inside. If we knew that we would not had waited. 
    Interesting from the outside, but we wait almost 2 hours to enter and it was not interesting on the inside. If we knew that we would not had waited.  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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