Belém Tower

Avenida Brasília
Lisbon, Lisboa Region, 1400-038, Portugal

Belém Tower
Photo: Joaquim Alves Gaspar License: CC BY-SA 3.0
Belém Tower (the Tower of St Vincent) is a fortified tower. It was commissioned by King John II in 1515 to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

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Belém Tower

Belém Tower Categories

  • Fortresses and Other Defensive Structures

  • Towers and Masts

    Belém Tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style. The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and a 30 m (100 foot), four story tower.
  • World Heritage Site

    Since 1983, Belém Tower has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries.


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