Lisbon, Portugal - Belém Tower

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    Belém Tower (in Portuguese Torre de Belém) or the Tower of St Vincent is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

    The tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles. The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and the 30 meter (100 foot), four story tower. It has incorrectly been stated that the tower was built in the middle of the Tagus and now sits near the shore because the river was redirected after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In fact, the tower was built on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore.

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    1. nora2810 77 months ago | reply

      Nice shot & excellent picture!

    2. Renate Dodell 77 months ago | reply

      Wow! A gorgeous picture! My fav!

    3. Ron Hanko [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      Incredibly beautiful place and great photo.

    4. thomas390 77 months ago | reply

      Fantastic job; Well done.

    5. Steve Rosset 76 months ago | reply

      Wow that is some architecture. Gorgeous.

    6. afer92 (busy) 76 months ago | reply

      Very nice view, light and colors.

    7. virgi98 76 months ago | reply

      fantastica!

    8. scrabble. 76 months ago | reply

      impressive fort you captured here

    9. Murtography 76 months ago | reply

      Beauiful scene.
      Thanks for the visit and comments :-)

    10. anakayer - [temporarily off...!] اناكاىءر 76 months ago | reply

      Absolutely beautiful. Congrats.
      Thank you for sharing with us¸.•*´¨´¨*•★★★★★

    11. Li-Fang, Lin 76 months ago | reply

      Beautiful picture ! and your always photograph very nice .

    12. Sarinhah Ribeiro 76 months ago | reply

      Simplesmente... demais!

    13. ~ Ron ~ 76 months ago | reply

      Excellent image and informative narrative!!

    14. swazileigh/ Langman Lightscapes 76 months ago | reply

      wow!! very stunning! I want to visit!! thanks for the story too!!

    15. Papucho Photography 76 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot and great info.

    16. trinchetto 76 months ago | reply

      Wonderful shot!

    17. Ioan BACIVAROV Photography 55 months ago | reply

      Congratulations. Excellent photo!
      Selected for my galleries of special photos—

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