Torre de Belém

Designed by Francisco da Arruda and built between 1514 and 1520, the tower known as Torre de São Vicente de Belém was a key element of the defensive complex at the mouth of the Tagus. Its shape still recalls the traditional keeps of medieval castles. This singular Manueline building also represents the new developments that were called for by advances made in artillery, some of its structural aspects being similar to the modern Italian-style fortress. The monument is classified by UNESCO as part of World’s Heritage site.

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