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“Like something from Gormenghast!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Torre de Belem

Torre de Belem
Avenida Brasilia, 1400-038, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
+351 21 362 0034
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Ranked #18 of 216 attractions in Lisbon
Type: Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A 16th-century tower which serves as a monument to Portugal's Age of Discovery on both land and sea.
New Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Like something from Gormenghast!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I found the Tower of Belem to be fascinating. It looked like something from Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast" with it's Gothic aspects, and seemed to be floating just off the land. There was also a really good system for ascending and descending the narrow spiral staircase to the top of the tower. Lovely view and interesting display in the lower area.

Visited September 2013
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“Impressive monument over the Tejo river”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Full of history, its history is connected with the Portuguese navigations in the XV century on. If you want to visit inside be careful because its schedule is:
October to April

From 10.00 to 17.30 (last entry 17.00)

May to September

From 10.00 to 18.30 (last entry at 18:00)

Closed: Mondays and on January 1st, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December

Visited September 2013
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Newry, United Kingdom
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“beautiful”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

It`s a beautiful monument but not much to see, once inside. You do have beautiful views of the see and all the surrounding area.
I had the Lisbon Card, which gives me free entry and I didn`t have to wait in the queue to get in, I just walked in, and for that a lot of dirty looks. the Lisbon card also gives you free entry to the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and no waiting in the queue either.

Visited August 2013
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“Must see!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Very much worth the visit. Torre de Belem and the monastery of Jeronimos are enchanting places to visit. Easy to reach through bus from the Figueira Square bus stop. Our best pictures were taken there! Also, don't forget to taste the popular Portuguese sweets (Pastel de Belem) at the famous pastry just near the monastery.

Visited August 2013
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Kassel, Germany
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“Nice to see from the outside...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

... but overcrowded.

If you want to go up to the tower, be prepared to wait in line, as the stairs are very narrow and allow the traffic only in one way - either up or down. Therefore everything is very organized with traffic lights (red/green), but it may take up to one hour to get to the top and then come back down.

I believe that it is an attraction nice to see and photograph from the outside.

Visited September 2013
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