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Belem tower

Belém Tower, was built between 1515 and 1519 and is the work of Francisco de Arruda. In 1983 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tower is located at the mouth of the River Tagus and initially was used to protect the city before it later became a customs center and lighthouse. It is located very close to the Jeronimos Monastery and the Discoveries Monument. When visitors enter the tower on the ground floor there are 16 windows with cannons used for defence and visitors can also visit the pits and holes where the prisoners used to be kept. Inside the tower there are five floors and a terrace. The floors are connected only by a small spiral staircase which, on busy days, means that people have to take turns going up and down which can sometimes be overwhelming. The names of the different floors, from bottom to top are Governor's Hall, Kings Hall, Hearing Room, Chapel and Terrace. At the front on the west side of the Tower of Belém there is a strange rhinoceros gargoyle. The first rhino arrived in Portugal from India in 1513. The Torre de Belém is the main icon of Lisbon and Portugal and therefore deserves a visit, and the views of the Tagus River are fantastic.
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Information about Belém Tower

Belém Tower Phone Number
+351 21 362 0034
+351 21 362 0034
Belém Tower Address
Avenida Brasilia
Avenida Brasilia
Belém Tower Opening Hours
mon closed
tue 10:00 - 17:00
wed 10:00 - 17:00
thu 10:00 - 17:00
fri 10:00 - 17:00
sat 10:00 - 17:00
sun 10:00 - 17:00
Belém Tower Website
www.torrebelem.pt
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