Tower of Belém

Strategically built on the bank of the river Tagus between 1514 and 1520 as a defence system, the Tower of Belém is one of the jewels of architecture from the reign of King Manuel. It is a combination of a traditional keep tower with the first devices built to resist artillery fire. It still preserves some spaces used for civil purposes, under typical 16th-century vaults, a casemate for artillery and the memory of the prisons that were used since the 16th century.

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Torre de Belém

Torre de Belém

Torre de Belém
Entrada e ponte levadiça
Bateria baixa
Vista interior da terceira sala
Vista do Terraço do Baluarte
Vista da fachada sul - Imagem de Nª Sª do Bom Sucesso e Varandim

It is inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and is an icon of Portuguese cultural heritage spread across the world. The Tower of Belém stands majestically on the river front, in the monumental complex of Ajuda-Belém.

Site of Tower of Belém

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Guided visits

Advance booking only, and under previously agreed conditions.

From Monday to Friday, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Guided visits organised by the Tower

Regular circuit.

Advance booking, and under previously agreed conditions.

Private visits

Regular circuit.

Up to 50 people: € 500
Between 51 and 100 people: € 750
Over 100 pessoas: € 1.000
An additional rate is charged for paying employee's overtime costs.

Educational Services

Guided visits mainly for Schools.