Monday, 20 June 2016

Lisbon Chronicles | Belém Tower

The Belém Tower is probably the most famous landmark of Lisbon and a must go place for every one visiting the city. Built in the early 16th century on a small island near the shore, this  beautiful fortress is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style. It´s historical significance,  as a starting point for the Portuguese discoveries, and unique architecture has granted it the declaration of World Heritage site by the UNESCO.

The visit to the interior spaces is very worthwhile, but the architectural and decorative details of the exterior and the views from its terraces, loggias and windows are absolutely unmissable. The stonework characteristic of Manueline style is rich in ornaments depicting both zoomorphic and vegetable elements. Common to this style is the use of navy elements like ropes and symbolic elements like the cross of the Order of Christ and the Sphere. 

On the terrace is an image of the Virgin and Child. The statue of the Virgin of Belém, also referred to as  Virgin of Safe Homecoming is depicted holding a child in her right hand and a bunch of grapes in her left.

It is certainly a place to visit and you must reserve around 1 and a half hours to be able to visit the the tower calmly.

Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
10am to 5:30pm from October to April (except Monday)
10am to 6:30pm from Mai to September (except Monday)
(Closed also 1st January, Easter Sunday, 1st of May, 13th June and 25th December)

Adults € 6 / Children up to 12 years  free

There are family tickets and join tickets for those visiting more monuments in the area.

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