Belem Tower, also known as "Tower of St Vincent" or "Torre de Belém", used to be part of a defence system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon. The tower has Portuguese Manueline style. It was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries.
Built from a beige-white limestone, the building is divided into two parts: the bastion and the four story tower located on the north side of the bastion. The ground floor has 16 windows with cannons. You can also see the pits and holes where the prisoners were thrown into.
Another thing to look for is a small stone sculpture of a rhinoceros head, apparently created to commemorate the arrival of one of the first rhinos in Europe.
The King’s Chamber provides views over the lower terrace and river.
The former chapel on the fourth floor, show a video history of the tower and Portuguese Age of Discovery.
How to Reach
City bus lines: 727, 28, 729, 714 and 751
Suburban train: Belem station
Ferry: Belem Ferry station