Belem Tower – an icon of the Lisbon city
The Belem Tower is one of the monuments that characterizes the identity of Lisbon. It is located at the margin of Tejo River and is a landmark of the Age of Discovery. The visit starts outside, where it is possible to see adornments of the monument that was built in the Manuelino style. An interesting detail are the images of Saint Miguel and Saint Vicente, located above the guardhouses of the right and left side respectively. Saint Vicente is the patron saint of Lisbon and of the fortification, whose alternative name is Tower S. Vicente.
The tower which is considered UNESCO world heritage site and one of the 7 wonders of Portugal received over 500,000 visitors in 2013. The monument is divided into 2 parts, the tower and the bulwark. The tower has 5 floors, which are currently empty and are accessible via a narrow spiral staircase. The bulwark houses 16 cannons, which at the time served to low-flying artillery fire.
In front of the Belem Tower there is a very nice garden that hosts some outdoor events. When the weather is nice it is a great place for a picnic! We recommend you visit another great monument near by, the Jeronimos Monastery. You can even buy combined tickets to meet the two places on the same day.
Do you want to visit the Belem Tower?
On the Belem Tour you can visit the Belem Tower and other points of interest in the Belem neighborhood. On board our 100% Electric Tuk Tuk, you can discover the Golden Age of Portugal in a fun and authentic way!
Brief History of the Belem Tower
The Belem Tower was built between 1514 and 1520 as willed by King Manuel I and originally had the function of protecting the Portuguese capital of attacks from enemy countries . At the time it was built, the Tejo river arrived near Jeronimos Monastery, which meant that the tower was surrounded by the water, in the middle of the river. Over the years and with the evolution of the instruments of defense and attack the tower lost its function and was used as a lighthouse and even as a political prison.
Avenida Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa
Tel: (+351) 213 620 034
Price: 6 € – You can get cheaper prices through combined tickets with other monuments or in some special situations that can be found on the website of the monument.
Working Hours: October to April: 10am to 5:30pm (last entrance 5pm)/ May to September: 10am to 6:30pm (last entrance 6pm) – closed on Mondays and on January 01/01, Easter, 05/01 and 12/25.