Tower in Lisbon, Portugal
Built on the northern bank of the Tagus between 1514 and 1520 as part of the Tagus estuary defence system, the Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I.
The Tower of Belém is a cultural reference, a symbol of the specificity of Portugal at the time, including its privileged exchange with other cultures and civilisations. As a protector of Portuguese individuality and universality, the tower saw its role confirmed in 1983 when it was classified by UNESCO as "Cultural Heritage of Humanity".
photo credit: giuseppesavo Lisboa - Torre de Belém via photopin (license)
Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa
Train: Cascais Line (Belém Station) City Bus Lines: 727, 28, 729, 714 and 751 Ferry: Belém Ferry station Tram: 15
October to May From 10.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last admission at 5.00 p.m.) May to September From 10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (last admission at 5.00 p.m.) Closed: Mondays and 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 13 June and 25 December
Individual ticket: €6