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Belém Tower

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Belém Tower.

Belém Tower features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Lisbon City Guide3-day Lisbon City Guide5-day Lisbon City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Iconic Lisbon attraction
  • A symbol of the Age of Discovery
  • Great Manueline architecture

Time required: 60 minutes

Phone: +351 21 362 0034

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
May - Sept, Tue - Sun: 10am - 6:30pm
Oct - Apr, Tue - Sun: 10am - 5:30pm
Monday: Closed
January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1 and Dec. 25: Closed

Admission:

Ticket type Charge
General: 5 €
Under 14: Free
Sundays and holidays until 2pm: Free

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 15: Largo Da Princesa stop

Address: Av. de Brasília, Belém Lisbon

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: M@rg

Things you need to know:

  • Belém Tower is a fortress built in 1515 by King Manuel I to protect the city and its harbor. The tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983
  • It is a superb example of Manueline architecture. Elaborate carvings of motifs typical of the style decorate the building: ropes, exotic flowers, animal heads, and crosses
  • In 1580, under Spanish control, the fortress was turned into a prison and continued to function as a prison after the Spanish left in 1640. Later it became a custom house
  • The nearby red suspension bridge is called April 25th Bridge and connects Lisbon with Almada. It was inaugurated in 1966
  • The bridge takes its name after the date of April 25 1974 when Portugues people came out to the street and ended Dictator Salazar's rule in a bloodless revolution

What to do there:

  • Admire the white castellated tower from outside
  • Enter the building and discover its interior
  • Climb the narrow steps to the top of the tower for impressive views over the river Tejo, the bridge April 25, and the Cristo Rei statue

Tips & Insights:

  • Free admission with Lisboa Card
  • Free admission on Sundays and holidays until 2pm
  • It is a very popular site so be prepared for a crowd
  • Be cautious when climbing to the top as the steps are very narrow

 

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