Bom dia! Good day!
Another one of my favourite spots in Lisbon, Portugal is Torre de Belem (the Belem Tower) as it is right by the riverbank, the River Tagus – it is just so beautiful!
The Belem Tower was built in 1515 to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor and it was the starting point for many of the voyages of discovery. It is a monument to Portugal’s Age of Discovery, often serving as a symbol of the country.
The tower has a beautiful exterior with a few sculpted balconies and fine limestone ornaments. I have never been inside but I have heard it is also quite lovely – it is €6 to go inside.
Close by the Tower of Belem is Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries). This monument was built in Lisbon in honour of the great Henry the Navigator, who led Portugal’s discovery expeditions into the New World during the 15th century. It is a very impressive monument and the statues are a LOT bigger than they seem in the pictures!
Have you been inside the Belem Tower? What was it like?