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Torre de Belem and Monument to the Discoveries

Praça do Império | Lisbon, Portugal
Torre de Belem and Monument to the Discoveries Photo info
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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 4.0 (4.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition to India, the Tower of Belém was finished in the early 1500s and sits alongside the Tagus River. UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site, along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery, and today visitors can climb the tower for a view of the river and city. However, experts say the best view of the tower is from Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument of the Discoveries), which was also constructed to honor the Age of Discovery maritime explorers. You can tour the Tower of Belém (for a fairly small admission fee) any day but Monday.  

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