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“Medieval Fort”
Review of Torre de Belem

Torre de Belem
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Classic Lisbon and Arrábida Wine Tour
Ranked #19 of 426 things to do in Lisbon
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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.
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“Medieval Fort”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Jutting out into the river, and resembling a 16th century ship with a high qusrterdeck, this castle was built to defend the river approach to Lisbon.
With narrow, winding stairways, and small cannon suitable for stopping a small ships, it gives an insight into the time period.
Amuse yourself by reading the English translation about a rhinoceros that arrived as a gift from India. Never stint on translations!

Visited June 2013
Thank Geoff P
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“Worth seeing...”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Stopping to see the Tower of Belem is worth it for the great views right on the water. If you like taking photos, you won't be disappointed of the various views this location provides!

Visited November 2013
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“A historical tower”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

We made three trips to Belem and the first time we went to see the tower. Unfortunately we spent a lot of time walking to it as our tram/light rail broke down way before our stop and we had to walk quite a bit to get to the Belem tower.It was fairly nondescript to look at,even though it is of historical significance

Visited November 2013
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“Remarkable Historical Tower- Must See”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

The Tower is reached by a small gangplank- it was once further out in the river but evidently the Tagus has receded over time. This is the place where the voyages of discovery embarked, the Armada assembled and Columbus stopped on his return to Europe. It is a beautiful tower with many medieval embellishments. The outer part is the best but we did take the very tight stairs to explore inside as well. We were lucky to visit on a bright sunny day and the river views from the Tower were spectacular. It is definitely a highlight and should not be missed.

Visited October 2013
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“A window over the river”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

Pray God to offer you a shiny day and you'll enjoy all the magic of this place, where from Portuguese set sail to give "new worlds to the world"

Visited July 2013
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