Belém sightseeing, Lisbon
Right infront of the Tower of Belem is the:
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
This sixteenth century monastery began to be built in the reign of Dom Manuel I to celebrate the discovery of the sea route to India. It was finished in the reign of Dom João III. It is one of the most important buildings in Portugal, and has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Torre de Belém
The Tower of Belém was built in an effort to defend the estuary of the river Tagus(Tejo). King Dom João II had wanted to kick away ships from the river, but it was only his successor Dom Manuel I who ended up building the tower. It was designed by architect and scupltor Francisco Arruda, with notable traces of Moorish influence. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Favorite thing: This place is just about a ten minutes walk from my hotel...this temperature 16 ° and very right for an evening walk.
visit Belem (the western district of Lisbon),go inside and to the top of the Monument to the Discoveries by elevator for a fine view of the city.
Fondest memory: 'mountain trams'
Favorite thing: Pardão dos Descobrimentos (The Monument to the Discoveries), located in Belém near by the River Tagus. Observation point open hrs: Tue-Su 9.30am to 6.45pm.
Jardim Agrícola Tropical (located in Belém, open: 10am-5pm Tue-Sun) - extremely peacful park with different kind of tropical trees and plants. Absolutely awesome!
Fondest memory: see more picturesin the travelogue
Here a picture from the Monasteiro dos Jeronimos in Belem.
The picture is made from top of the Prado dos Descobrimentos