Located four miles from Lisbon’s city center, on the shore of rio Tejo, there’s Belém. This district embraces the best of history and modernity.
Great explorers embarked from this point of the town to discover the world, the route to India and to conquer Ceuta. Those adventurous days are still alive in the architecture of this great place.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém are the most precious stones of the area, this beautiful Lisbon crown! Both considered World Cultural Heritage classified by UNESCO.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos reflects the subject of great discoveries. It was donated to the Hieronymite religious order by the King D. Manuel I, who built it on the 15th century.
This monument was built in the 16th century to celebrate expedition of Vasco da Gama to India.
These are two icons of Portuguese power during the Age of Discoveries.
But there’s much more to see, namely:
. Padrão dos Descobrimentos
. Museu dos Nacional dos Coches (national museum of coaches)
. Palácio (Belem Palace, the official residence of Portugal’s presidente, built in the 16th century.)
. Museu da Marinha (Marine museum)
. Museu Nacional de Arqueologia (national museum of archaeology)
. Museu Coleção Berardo
. Centro Cultural de Belém
. Jardim Botânico Tropical (Tropical Botanical Garden)
. Fábrica de Pastéis de – an amasing pastry shop with many rooms adorned with blue and with tiles, where you must have a “Pastel de Belém” – a delicious traditional tart
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