Belem Tower, Lisbon, Portugal

The white worn out façade of Belem Tower is attractive; one can spot it from Discoveries Monument. The walk along the bank of River Tagus towards Belem Tower under the blue skies that day was pleasant.

Belem Tower

History of Belem Tower

Most historical monuments in Belem are from 16th century. Construction of Belem Tower was completed in 1521. Initially it functioned as a fortress to defend the mouth of the River Tagus, to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor. The Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery. It was located in a small island in the Tagus River.

The tower was built during the reign of King Manuel I. in Manueline architectural style (which combines Moorish, Gothic, and Renaissance elements). It had the typical carved stone maritime motifs like coiled and twisted rope, armillary spheres. For the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland, one can imagine how dear this must be to them!

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Heritage Site

Belem Tower was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is also included in the registry of the Seven Wonders of Portugal in 2007.

The walkway to the tower was well populated by the tourists and the entrance very crowded. The previous day’s pickpocket incident was still fresh in mind. We decided to skip entering the tower. A rope carved in stone goes all around the tower. Tour of interiors wouldn’t take long compared to time spent in that long queue.

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36 Responses

  1. eileen says:

    Hello, pretty views of the Tower and the river. It is sad about the pickpocketing. Great post and photos.
    Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. LaVoice says:

    Wonderful history post.

  3. sylviakirk says:

    It is so beautiful and your capture is superb as always!! This is one of my best memories of my visit to Lisbon some years ago!! Thanks for the memories!!!

  4. Wonderful, Great pics
    Have a nice weekend ahead.

  5. It always amazes me how buildings like this have stood the test of time for so long. It looks fantastic here and you captured some great details of it. I enjoyed your photos very much.

  6. TexWisGirl says:

    quite beautiful and impressive!

  7. Cloudia says:

    to dream upon

    Warm ALOHA,
    ComfortSpiral

  8. genie says:

    We were attacked by pickpockets on the underground in Rome, but a British man came to our rescue and got the purse back. I was so scared. This is a beautiful historical tower, and it is wonderful that is has been names a world heritage site. Thank you for sharing your photos.

  9. Jim says:

    Fantastic fotos. 🙂

  10. Very nice views of the tower.
    Many greetings!

  11. What camera do you use Indrani? The pictures have amazing clarity..

  12. Superb architecture! Looks quite promising!

  13. magiceye says:

    Loved the last pic the best!!

  14. Arun says:

    Nice wonder of Portugal.

  15. Wow. For a tower built in the 16th century, its in pretty good condition.

  16. wow! The tower looks majestic 🙂

  17. Andy says:

    nicely shot.. Indrani you know what, I kept on feeling that its a Gurudwara.. dont know why.. but though in mind 🙂

  18. Hi Indrani Di, nice clicks of the tower and interesting history!!

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  19. A beautiful monument and a nice click. 🙂

  20. Chaitali says:

    The mind of a wanderer finds solace in the lap of unknown.

  21. Jeevan says:

    Sounds like a significant monument and gateway! Interesting architecture and apart the rope design, I love that little balcony

    Excellent shots

  22. thomas says:

    A majestic fort

  23. Antonina says:

    A beautiful tower in a lovely cloudless sky!
    Enjoy the weekend!

  24. Gattina says:

    Beautiful and very interesting !

  25. dNambiar says:

    That tower looks like one of a kind. Interesting features. Those windows/ balconies look great on it.

  26. Yogi saraswat says:

    Informative historical post !!

  27. Looks so beautiful …you have written about the architecture too. The window design looks similar to Rajasthani Jharokas..that’s what I felt 🙂

  28. ladyfi says:

    Lovely shots! I hope to visit Belem and Sintra next time I’m in Lisbon…

  29. Just the sort of place I find interesting, thoroughly enjoyed my virtual tour and catch up here. Thanks.

  30. Akash says:

    This just looks stunning!! Hope to tour the entire EU some time!! *sigh*

  31. Beautiful pictures ,the architecture is good.

  32. Love to see these historical places.. Your postings made me feel that I am already there in that place Indrani.. 🙂

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