Favorite thing: The Manueline style of architecture is unique to Portugal, but equates approximately to the late Gothic period in other countries (1490 to 1520). It is named after King Manuel I, whose reign coincided with its development. Two of its greatest triumphs can be found here in Belém: the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the Belém Tower.
The construction of Manueline churches and monasteries was largely financed by the proceeds of the new and lucrative spice trade with Africa and India. Portugal’s new-found wealth is celebrated in Manueline’s heavily decorative, lavish style. It incorporates maritime motifs and exotic details strongly influenced by the discoveries being brought to the country by Vasco da Gama and his contemporaries. Look for design elements taken from ships (ropes, chains and even anchors), for those from the sea (shells, pearls and strings of seaweed), and for features that echo the building style of the new lands being discovered, such as India (filigree work and niches).
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: a handsom and well attendant garden with all those
magnificent monuments surrounding it. a wonderfull feature of belem paths.
when you feel tired of yur visit and if you want to have a good rest try and
seat for a while on a bench and apreciate the view...
Fondest memory: There are a good number of old statues of the "Ocean's Horses"
in the vicinity of the square. This little park is known as Empire's Square.
Here you can apreciate some views of these female figures
and children and magnificent horses.
Favorite thing: if yu had already seen a belem page here on VT, of course,
pasteis de belem tip, is something that yu are aware of.
so nothing is to much to advice yu about this "eatable" belem icon. v
ery tasty and yummy. just try it. no words to describe it.
Fairey-400 hydroplane monument
Favorite thing: Near Torre de Belém you will find a monument, a Fairey-400 hydroplane celebrating the first-ever flight across the South Atlantic made by the famous Portuguese pilots Sacadura Cabral and Gago Coutinho. They conceived the idea of retracing from the air the voyage of discovery by Pedro Alvares Cabral in 1500 from the coast of Africa to Brazil. Gago Coutinho was impressed with the new sextant that allows a plane to fly without visual landmarks. Sacadura Cabral acquired in England a Fairey-400 hydroplane with Rolls Royce 350-hp engine. The two Portuguese airmen planned a flight that would get them to Rio de Janeiro for the independence centennial day.
Departing Lisbon, they arrived first in Fernando Noronha, Brazil June 17th, 1922 (their trip took them 19 days to complete) to become the most famous of Portuguese aviators.
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Belem houses the most significant landmarks of Lisbon and Portugal. It can be considered the historical heart and soul of Portugal. It was from Belem's natural harbour that portuguese navigators set sail for many exploration voyages. In fact all this area is closely associated with the portuguese discoveries period.
In 1755, a devastating earthquake that destroyed a big part of the city, spared this area and luckily the main historical places weren't reduced to dust.
In this area it's possible to visit several interesting places, like the Carriage Museum, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Tower of Belem and the Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos).
There are also some restaurants where you can have a meal at the same time you're watching the scenery, the Tagus River and history around.
Also in Belem can be found the Portuguese Navy Museum, the Belem Cultural Center, the President's Palace, the Monument to the veterans of the wars in african former colonies and the replica of the first plane to connect Portugal to Brasil by air.
Fondest memory: One afternoon in Belem on a sunny day. Starting with a nice meal in one of the restaurants, Portugalia for instance. After lunch visiting the Monument to Discoveries and the Tower of Belem. After that, lay down a while or read a book under the shadow of any tree on the spacious lawn in front of the tower. In mid-afternoon, a walk by riverside followed by a visit to Jeronimos Monastery and the Navy Museum. Just perfect!!!
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: From the Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries) as well and if you look in the direction of the Torre de Belem (Tower of Belem) you can see another nice harbour. So if you have your boat you know where you may park it ! ;-)
Favorite thing: In Belem you can find a beautiful and nice harbour (marina) with lots of beautiful boats. I am sure anyone would like to have one of those.
I took this photo from the top of the Padrao dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries).
Favorite thing: The Navigator or Henry as he is known to the Portuguese, is credited with many fine and wonderful discoveries.
The monument to the Navigators is a beautiful statue siting on the river bank looking out to sea.
- Museum Visits
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- Family Travel
Favorite thing: Strolling around Belém, you're sure to find some beautiful photo opportunities and quiet spots. Fortunately, I visited in February and the tourist swarm was minimal. I took this shot in the gorgeous cloister of the monastery.
A view to the world
Favorite thing: I like this picture, although the uncooperative clouds, were playing havoc with the light. Here, you can see a mother and her child looking out across the Rio Tejo toward the Ponte 25 de Abril and the Monument of Cristo Rei in the distance. They are standing beneath the famous Discoveries Monument.
My whole trip to Lisbon was marked by spurts of rain followed by beautiful blue skies and while this can be frustrating when you're trying to take photos, I'm glad that I experienced Lisbon in different climatic moods.
Favorite thing: Discovery has always been a theme in Belém. This is the place where the famous Portuguese discoverer Vasco da Gama set sail en route to discovering the sea passage to India, which was pivotal in changing the course of history and the balance of world power.
On the day that I visited, the sun was playing hide and seek in the sky, popping out and drenching us with warm rays and great light and just as quickly ducking behind the clouds, allowing short bursts of rain to likewise drench the ground. Despite this, we were able to see many of this Lisbon suburb's best sights. I would recommend spending a full day in Belém if you have the time, but you can hit the highlights in a half day.
Fondest memory: It's hard to see in this picture, but I'm standing on North Carolina (my home in the USA) on a map of the world located in front of the Discoveries Monument.
Favorite thing: Some of Lisbon's best architectural sights are in Belém, including the two famous monuments that are both Unesco World Heritage Sites, the Discoveries Monument and the Torre de Belém, as well as the spectacular Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.
Favorite thing: On the beautiful gardens of the Jeronimos Monastery you can admire such beautiful things. This sculpture of the horses is really amazing and very photogenic as well .