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Lisbon- Monumental Belem

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An April 2007 trip to Lisbon by LenR

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem Photo, Lisbon, Portugal More Photos
Quote: Belem has more significant monuments that any other part of Lisbon. Visit them to relive the great voyages of discovery made from here.

Lisbon- Monumental Belem

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Overview

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Belém, is a parish of Lisbon, located 6km west of the present city centre and 2km west of the 25th of April Bridge. I’m told its name is derived from the Portuguese for Bethlehem. It is Lisbon's most monumental and historical area and the best place to start sightseeing.It was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers embarked on their voyages of discovery: Prince Henry the Navigator and the first overseas expedition to conquer Ceuta in Morocco, Bartholomew Dias to round the Cape of Good Hope, the first voyages of Ferdinand Magellan, and Vasco da Gama to discover the sea route to India. Christopher Columbus stopped here on his way back to Europe after discovering America.Du...Read More

Cityrama/Grayline Tours

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Attraction | "Sightseeing Bus"

Cityrama/Grayline Tours Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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The Lisbon Cityline Bus is one of the most convenient ways to discover Lisbon. It enables you to get a good overview of the city while visiting some of the major sightseeing attractions including Jeronimos Monastery, Tower of Belem, and the Monument of the Discoveries.The bus provides a guided commentary along the route, and you can hop on and off as many times as you like throughout the day, at any of the 13 designated stops. The stops are:· Marques de Pombal - Terminal and panorama of Marquis of Pombal monument, built in memory to this statesman who ordered the rebuilding of Lisbon after the earthquake of 1755. · Avenida da Liberdade - The main avenue of the city links Pombal Squ...Read More

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Cityrama/Grayline Tours


The 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril)

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Attraction | "25 de Abril Bridge"

The 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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My engineering background may be showing but I found the 25 de Abril suspension Bridge (25th of April Bridge) to be a very impressive structure. It connects the city of Lisbon, to the municipality of Almada on the left bank of the Tagus River. It was opened in 1966 and a train deck was added in 1999. Soon after the so-called Carnation Revolution in 1974, the bridge was renamed the 25 de Abril Bridge, the day the revolution had occurred. It is a commanding presence from Belem and many other areas of the city.Upon completion, the bridge had the longest suspended span and the longest main span in Continental Europe, the world's longest continuous truss, and the world's deepest bridge foundation. ...Read More

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The 25th of April Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril)

Lisbon, Estremadura

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem

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Attraction | "Belem Tower"

Belem Tower/Torre de Belem Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Built in 1515 as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon's harbor, the Belem Tower was the starting point for many of the Voyages of Discovery, and for the sailors it was the last sight of their homeland. It must have been a special place for them.The building still has an important place in Portuguese culture. It is a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery, is often used as a symbol of the country, and has been listed as a World Heritage monument by UNESCO. The official text says: Belem Tower was declared a World Heritage monument because: "It is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world." Built in the Manueline style, it incorporat...Read More

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Belem Tower/Torre de Belem
Avenida Da Brasilia
Lisbon, Portugal

Monument to the Discoveries

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Attraction | "Discoveries Monument"

Monument to the Discoveries Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Across from Jerronimos Monastery, reached via an underpass from its gardens, is the Discoveries Monument, built on the north bank of the Tagus River in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. This is a modern structure contrasting nicely with the monastery and the Belem Tower.It represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with sculptures of important historical figures. There is King Manuel I carrying an armillary sphere, poet Camões holding verses from The Lusiads, Vasco da Gama, Magellan, Cabral, and several other notable Portuguese explorers, crusaders, monks, cartographers, and cosmographers. All are following Prince Henry the Navigator at ...Read More

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Monument to the Discoveries
River Tagus
Lisbon, Portugal

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (Jeronimos Monastery)

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Attraction | "Monastery of Jeronimos"

Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (Jeronimos Monastery) Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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The Jeronimos Monastery is to me by far the most impressive symbol of Portugal's power and wealth during the Age of Discovery. King Manuel I started it in 1502 on the site of a hermitage founded by Prince Henry the Navigator, where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal in prayer before leaving for India. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama's voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success.Vasco da Gama's tomb was placed inside by the entrance, as was the tomb of poet Luis de Camões, author of the epic The Lusiads in which he glorifies the triumphs of Da Gama and his compatriots. Other great figures in Portuguese history are also entombed here, like Ki...Read More

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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos (Jeronimos Monastery)
Praca do Imperio
Lisbon, Portugal 1400-206
+351 (21) 3620034