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"Belem" Belém Tip by pure1942

Belém, Lisbon: 30 reviews and 50 photos

  Monument to the Discoveries
by pure1942

You can’t help but be transported back to the glory days of Portuguese maritime exploration on a trip out to the suburb of Belem. It was from Belem that the huge Caravels set sail for distant lands in Africa, South America and Africa and returned laden with spices, jewels, silk, coffee and other exotic riches. Belem harks back to the Golden Age of Discovery and every visitor is reminded of the power and wealth that Portugal possessed during the 15th and 16th centuries. It was from Belem that Vasco da Gama set sail to India and Cabral set off for Brazil. The expansion of the Portuguese empire grew from this port on the Banks of the Targus River.
Today the promenade along the riverfront makes for a nice stroll and you pass the impressive Monument to the Discoveries en route to the Torre de Belem. Set further back from the river is the magnificent Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a masterpiece of Maueline Architecture. The present day home of Portugal’s President, Palacio de Belem, is also situated nearby.
Another worthwhile reason to visit Belem is to taste the delicious pasties of the famous bakeries in Belem, said to produce the best Pastel do Nata in Lisbon!
Although, I decided not to visit, there is a famous Coach Museum in Belem and could be worthwhile if you’re interested in such things.

Address: Belém, Lisbon,
Directions: Southwesternmost civil parish of Lisboa
Phone: +351 935 273 971

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 1, 2011
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