The Tower of Belém was ordered by King Manuel I, and was raised on the exact point where Vasco da Gama sailed for India. It has been declared a Human World Heritage by UNESCO.
The tower was built in 1519 by the Arruda brothers Francisco and Diogo, to protect the city from the assaults of pirates. It's a gothic masterpiece of the Manueline period, and includes the little watching towers and Venetian loggias.
Built on the mouth of the river, the tower is separated from the dryland through a narrow water channel, which completely disappears when there is low ebb. A visit of the balcony situated on top of the tower is unmissable. The panorama is sublime. The Tower is accessed through an iron corridor , which replaces the original drawbridge. From here you can enjoy a lovely sight over the river and the 25th April bridge.
Avenida de Brasília
Tue-Sun.: 10am -17pm (oct.-apr); 10am-18:30pm (Mai -Sep.); last admission 30' before closing time. Closed on Mondays and feast days.
Full ticket: Euro 4,00
Combined ticket Belém Tower + Monastery: Euro 8,00
Combined ticket Lisboa Monumental (Torre de Belém+Monastery+Palácio da Ajuda): Euro 10,00
- Adults over 65 and disabled people: Euro 2,00;
- Young Card holders: Euro 1,60;
- families : the reduction is applied on the ticket of one of the two parents accompanying two or more children under 18): Euro 2,00.
Free admission for everybody within 14 pm on feast days, for kids under 14 and for Lisboa Card holders