LISBON: Belem Tower

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The ornate Belem Tower made UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.

Like many of the historical buildings of modern Lisbon, construction of the Belem Tower is related to the age of the great geographical discoveries.

The tower was built in the 16th Century to reinforce defenses on the shores of the Tagus River. Cannon also helped the city command traffic on the river.

Through defensive ports to the Tagus shore below.

Intricate decorative outlooks for Belem defenders.

The architect inserted Moorish elements in the structure and decoration of the tower.

The watchtowers, roofed balconies, windows, loggias and intricate decorative motifs make exploring the structure a rich experience.

Across the river graced by a pair of white sails, the 25th of April Bridge and Christ the King.


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