Torre de Belém
6 expert reviews
“A postcard-perfect example of Manueline might, the four-story, UNESCO World Heritage–listed fortified tower hugging the river Tejo was designed in the early 16th century by Francisco de Arruda”
– Travel + Leisure
"The openwork balconies and domed turrets of the fanciful Belém Tower make it perhaps the country's purest Manueline structure." Full review
Climb the steps for a bird's-eye view of river and city.
"This western waterfront neighborhood beckons... museums abound, and the planetarium is a kid-favorite."
The star of the neighborhood is the Manueline church and cloisters
"A monument to Portugal's great military and naval past, the tower stands on or near the spot where the caravels once set out across the sea." Full review
"Portugal’s most famous tower has risen out of the water (except at low tide, when it’s connected to the shore by a narrow, sandy isthmus) from the banks of the Tejo for nearly 500 years." Full review
"The tower was originally built in 1519 in the middle of the Tagus to defend the Hieronymite monastery and to serve as a lighthouse." Full review