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    Torre de Belem, UNESCO global property

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 15, 2013

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    You can't miss this interesting looking tower which in 1515 was a military defense battlement commissioned by King D Manuel. If I remember right, my sister and I could even see it from Pasteis De Belem while we were eating our pastries :)

    But we decided to see the "Monument to the Discoveries" first before the tower during the late afternoon, and because of that decision we unfortunately missed entering the tower! We walked fast for about 15 minutes from the "Monument to the Discoveries" to the Torre de Belem, but we were too late. They only accept people in at 430 PM (they are open 10 AM to 5PM daily except on Mondays and public holidays). So, plan your trip better than us when you go there :)

    We did make it to the wooden bridge but the door closed right in front of us when we reached the Torre de Belem! Bummer! But do not fret because even if you do not go up (I think about 3-5 Euro entrance), you still can take pictures just outside the tower itself. The architecture can still be appreciated, as this is considered a military masterpiece in the Manueline architecural style by the 16th century architect Francisco Arruda. And this one building has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage building.

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    The monastery of Jerònimos.

    by Maurizioago Updated Dec 23, 2012

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    Its construction was commissioned by king Manuel I to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s voyage; to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success and to create a royal pantheon for the Aviz-Beja-Dinasty. The monastery was built on the site of a hermitage founded by Henry the Navigator around 1450. They begun to build it in 1502 and it took nearly the entire 16th century to complete it. Its predominant architectural style is Manueline (please, read tip on my Portugal page...).

    The church of the monastery is also the resting place of Vasco Da Gama, Manuel I, his wife Maria and Luis De Camoes.

    This monastery has a large double storey cloister. It was built in stages and designed by three architects. Diogo Boitac designed the lower floor in Manueline style.

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    Gago Coutinho's Plane

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    Leaving from Belem, in March 30 1922, Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral , succeeded in the first aerial crossing of South Atlantic. The plane, named "Lusitânia" is displayed close to the Tower, in the open garden.

    It's free to see.

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    Compass Card

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    A large symbol of the nautical Portuguese successes exploring the seas, close to the discoveries monument, has been drawn with colorful stones - the "Rosa dos Ventos".

    Contrasting with the black in white of the typical Portuguese cobblestone pavement, this formation is better admired from the top of the adjacent monument.

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    Monument to the Fighters in Africa

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    Just a few meters west of the Tower of Belem, a monument inaugurated in 1994 celebrates the fighters in colonial war (about two hundred thousand and... me).

    Surrounded by a long wall with the death's names, a modern formation pretends to be the symbol of the union among people.

    OK! No problem. It's just beside the tower, can be seen in a glimpse, and, as a sample of modern architecture, it's better then the bunker called Cultural Center.

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    Visit the Coaches Museum.

    by Maurizioago Updated Nov 27, 2012
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    The Coaches Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches) is housed in a two storeys building that was an old horse riding arena used for training horses and for horse riding exibitions. Here you can see a large collection of horse drawn carriages,chaises and sedan chairs dated from the 17th to the 19th centuries. These belonged to the Portuguese royal family and nobility.

    Once you visited the ground floor (it is made of two rooms) you can climb a staircase to the first floor where you can see several portraits of the Braganca dinasty and various other things.

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    Belém III - Jerónimos Monastery

    by J_Antunes Updated Oct 27, 2012

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    Monastery of Jeronimos at night

    This monastery was built in the XVI century by the order of the Portuguese king D. Manuel I and is today part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and a milestone in the Portuguese history. Important symbol of the singularity of the Manueline style it was in the cloisters of this monument that Portugal signed the treaty of admission to the European Union. The monastery has an impressive church with huge worked columns (entrance to church is free), the cloisters are a peaceful and extremely beautiful, rational piece of architecture.

    In other monastery wings you can find the archaeological museum and the Navy Museum.

    The archeological museum has some statues, egyptian relics, golden works from the bronze and Iron Ages and roman mosaics and frequently hosts several temporary exhibits.

    The Navy Museum has plenty of small models of Portuguese boats, the cabin of the Amelia yacht belonging to King Carlos and some real royal boats and hydroplanes – including the one that has done the first air trip of the South Atlantic.

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    Monastery of Jeronimos: Entrance free for under 15; 6€ normal price
    Navy Museum
    - Prices: 5€ (adults), 2,5€ (child, adults, students), Free Sunday and Bank Holidays 10h-14h
    - Schedules: 10.00-17.00 horas (Oct-Apr) 10.00-18.00 (May-Sep)
    Das 10:00 às 18:00 horas (01 Mai / 30 Set)
    - http://museu.marinha.pt/museu/site/pt

    Museum of Archaeology
    - Prices: Navy Museum: 5€ (adults), 2,5€-2€ (child, adults, students), Free Sunday and Bank Holidays 10h-14h
    - Schedules: Tue-Sun: 10,00 h to 18,00 h
    - http://www.mnarqueologia-ipmuseus.pt/

    Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
    - Prices: 7€ (there are combined tickets available)
    - Schedules: 10h00h to 17h30 - last entry 00:30 before (Oct-Apr) / 10h00-18h30 - last entry 00:30 before (May-Sep) / Closes Monday some bank holidays
    - http://www.mosteirojeronimos.pt/

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    Belém: Padrão dos Descobrimentos

    by Ines_ Updated Oct 5, 2012

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    This monument works basically as a viewpoint. I think it amazing – the monument is in the shape of a ship - from the outside and should not be missed a visit (a least from the outside). It has 33 figures that belong to the Portuguese history being the most important one Infante (prince) D.Henrique – the navigator.

    From the top you can see the river and the whole city, but in my opinion the best is the 50 meter wide wind rose on the floor made from different types of marble. It’s a thing that you can’t see when you are stepping on it and it looks just amazing from above.

    The price for adults is 3€

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    Opens every day except on Monday, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December
    From 10 am to 6 pm from October to April and to 7pm from May to September

    Bus: 727, 28, 729, 714 e 751
    Tram: 15
    Note: Some buses don’t run on weekend or holidays.

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    Belém: Torre de Belém

    by Ines_ Written Oct 5, 2012

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    Belém Tower is located next to a very small beach (Belem’s beach). Its construction started in 1514 and it stands on the place where the ships departed from in the discoveries time.

    This tower is one of the Portuguese landmarks and has influences from Islamic and venezian styles and it’s full of nationalist symbols. The interior is gothic and quite austere. The tower is divided in 5 floors: 1º Governor’s room; 2 º King’s rooms; 3º Audience Room; 4º Chapel; 5º Tower’s Terrace.

    One thing to be careful is that the stairs are quite narrow and there are lots of people going up and down so sometimes you might have to wait or just be very careful on the stairs.

    You can visit every day from 10 am to 6.3 pm from May to September and to 5.3 p.m from October to April.

    Individual Ticket 5€
    Combined with Belém Tower (I recommend): 10€

    The tower is FREE every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and in every public holiday!

    Bus: 727, 28, 729, 714 e 751
    Tram: 15
    Note: Some buses don’t run on weekend or holidays.

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    Belém: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

    by Ines_ Written Oct 5, 2012

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    This monastry started to be built in 1501 but it was only concluded 100 years after. It has mix of architectonic elements and styles and is one of Lisbon’s landmarks. It also was considered UNESCO’s cultural heritage.

    Located in Belém this is a place that cannot be missed because of its magnitude and beauty. You can visit every day from 10 am to 6.3 pm from May to September and to 5.3 p.m from October to April.

    Individual Ticket 7€
    Combined with Belém Tower (I recommend): 10€

    The monastery is FREE every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and in every public holiday!

    Bus: 727, 28, 729, 714 e 751
    Tram: 15
    Note: Some buses don’t run on weekend or holidays.

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    Monument to the Discoveries.

    by breughel Updated Sep 29, 2012

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    Padr��o dos Descobrimentos-Monument to Discoveries
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    Padrão dos Descobrimentos.

    This about 50 m high monument celebrates, as said by its name, the Portuguese who took part in some way to the age of discoveries. It was built in 1960 for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator and is located in the quite agreeable Belém surroundings of the gardens between the monastery and the river. The monument is typical of some romantic idealisation of the Portuguese history under Salazar.

    The head figure holding a ship in hands is Prince Henri the Navigator.
    I had always much admiration and sympathy for Infante Dom Henrique who was the initiator and promoter of many discoveries but never navigated by himself.
    It is thought that Henry started the Portuguese school of cartography.
    Behind him are represented 30 personalities of which best known are the great navigators and discoverers: Vasco da Gama who discovered the sea route to India, Bartholomeu Dias who proved that Africa could be circumnavigated when he reached the Cape of Good Hope and Ferdinand Magellan first to circumnavigate the globe passing from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean by the Strait he discovered immediately south of mainland Chile.

    There was an irreverencious joke about this monument: "don't push in the queue!"

    Open: all days 10 - 19 h May to September
    From Tuesday to Sunday 10 - 18 h October to April
    Price (2012): 3 €; 2 € for 12 - 18 yr, students & seniors.
    Free: 12 yr.

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    Torre de Belem - Tower of Belem.

    by breughel Updated Sep 29, 2012

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    The symbol of Lisbon, but at 6 km from the centre, is the most photographed monument of the city.
    This imposing tower and bastion defending the entrance to the Tagus and combining firepower with the St Sebastian tower on the other bank of the river was constructed between 1515 and 1521 by military architect Francisco de Arruda. The tower was built on a basalt island but is now nearly swallowed up by the river bank.

    The tower shows two parts, the bastion with the canons, and the five-story tower.
    What surprises for this military construction is the large amount of decoration.
    There are some Moorish decorative elements but the typical Manueline motifs like the armillary sphere (a spherical astrolabe) the cross of the Order of Christ (of which king Manuel I was a member), twisted ropes, and other features typical of the Manueline style, also found on the nearby Monastery of the Jerónimos, dominate.
    Famous among these decorations is a rhinoceros, the first stone statue of the animal in Europe.
    Because of all these decorations, arched windows and balconies, the Tower of Belem has been compared to the bow of a caravel.

    We did not visit the inside, we read that the visit was not so interesting.

    Open :October to April from 10.00 to 17.30 h
    May to September from10.00 to 18.30 h
    Closed: Mondays and January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1 and December 25
    Price (2012): 5 €, reduced 2,50 €

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    Kids Do Count

    by solopes Updated Sep 21, 2012

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    If you have plenty of time (and kids) The Planetarium, right beside the Jerónimos Monastery, may justify your visit.

    Recreating the sky at night, their several sessions, presented in Portuguese, English and French, will tell you more about 'The solar system', 'The moon', 'The evolution of the stars", 'The movement of the earth', ' Earth - Planet Alive', 'The universe', 'The sun', 'The constellations' and many others. You just have to choose the schedulled program.

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    The Museum Collection

    by solopes Updated Sep 21, 2012

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    Still with time? Good. The horse-drawn vehicles Museum (Museu Nacional dos Coches), right beside the Presidential Palace (a beauty from the 18th century, but closed to our eyes for natural reasons), has the best collections of classical vehicles in the world.

    Showing several ceremonial vehicles used by the European courts, from the 17th to the late 19th century, it is one of the most visited museums in Portugal, and… with justice.

    More time? National Archaeology Museum (Museu Nacional de Arqueologia), in the monastery, Navy Museum (Museu da Marinha), nearby, and Popular Art Museum (Museu de Arte Popular) in the buildings from the 1940’s exhibition also deserve your attention.

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    Nationalist memories

    by solopes Updated Sep 21, 2012

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    The Monument to the Discoveries was inaugurated in 1960 during celebrations of the 500 year anniversary of Infant D. Henrique (Henry the Navigator)'s death.

    It evokes the maritime discoveries, and reproduces a model that was used in the 1940’s exhibition. With the shape of a caravel, it is headed by Henry the Navigator with the company of most of the historical Portuguese figures.

    From the top, which you can access by elevator located inside the building, you have a magnificent view of the area, having at your feet the compass in paved stone offered by the Republic of South Africa, in 1960, to the celebration, and that between galleons and mermaids, shows the routes of the Portuguese discoverers.

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