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Belem, Lisbon, Portugal

 
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Distance from city center: 3.6mi
zangazanga's pictureby zangazanga Sightseeing travel tip
added on the 2nd of November, 2009
This bastion and tower are some kind of a symbol of the whole city. It is 50 m high and commemorates those Portuguese people who took part in the great discoveries throughout the history.

It celebrates explorers like Prince Henry the Navigator, Ferdinand Magellan, Bartolomeo Diaz or vasco da Gama.

The style of the building is very interesting, it looks like a bastion on the seacoast but is very decorated. There are Moorish elements, arched windows and balconies, the statue of a rhinoceros, motives like a spherical astrolabe and the sign of the Order of Christ.

Did I mention that the statues of the 30 persons celebrated here are carved marching up on the stairs of the tower? It looks very nice.

Address:
Avenida da India, Belem

Price:
4 Euros

 
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