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"Manuelino-Style Monument"

Originally built as a defense battlement in 1515, the Belém Tower is a symbol of Portuguese exploration and discovery. Commissioned by King D. Manuel I, the tower showcases a fine example of fortified military architecture from the Middle Ages. Standing over the River Tagus, it was dedicated to sheltering the city of Lisbon from attacks. Despite being an exemplary military fortress that served its purpose fully well, it was not devoid of aesthetic enhancements. Aside from providing breathtaking views from its terraces, the tower features beautiful elements of North African Moorish architecture, evident from its uniquely-shaped watchtowers, symmetric turrets and intricate carvings that go beyond mere functional engineering. The entrance to the tower is via a wooden bridge that traverses the river below. Since 1983, the Belem Tower has been declared a global property by UNESCO.
Avenida Brasília, Lisbon, Portugal, 1400-038
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"Manuelino-Style Monument"
Originally built as a defense battlement in 1515, the Belém Tower is a symbol of Portuguese exploration and discovery. Commissioned by King D. Manuel I, the tower showcases a fine example of fortified military architecture from the Middle Ages. Standing over the River Tagus, it was dedicated to sheltering the city of Lisbon from attacks. Despite being an exemplary military fortress that served its purpose fully well, it was not devoid of aesthetic enhancements. Aside from providing breathtaking views from its terraces, the tower features beautiful elements of North African Moorish architecture, evident from its uniquely-shaped watchtowers, symmetric turrets and intricate carvings that go beyond mere functional engineering. The entrance to the tower is via a wooden bridge that traverses the river below. Since 1983, the Belem Tower has been declared a global property by UNESCO.
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