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As you probably know, the Belém Tower is one of Lisbon’s most emblematic monuments. This magnificent Portuguese fortification is the work of the genius of Francisco de Arruda. The Belém Tower attracts more than 500,000 visitors every year, making it one of the most visited monuments in Portugal after the Jerónimos Monastery. Built between 1514 and 1519, during the reign of Manuel I, this fortress was a major building in Portugal’s maritime history.

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500,000 visitors a year.

Francisco de Arruda, a 16th-century Portuguese military engineer, played a crucial role in the construction of Lisbon’s Belem Tower. Under the direction of the architect Diogo de Boitaca, Arruda contributed to the design and construction of this iconic tower, completed in 1521. His expertise in military architecture was put to good use, incorporating defensive elements such as cannons and machicolations. The Belem Tower, a blend of Manueline style and Moorish elements, was built to reinforce Lisbon’s defences and symbolise Portugal’s maritime grandeur at the time of the discoveries.

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Plan your visit to the Belém Tower.

1.1 Choosing the date

If you want to see the Belem Tower, it’s vital to choose the date that best suits your schedule. You should be aware that early morning or late afternoon visits are the least popular time slots. During the festive season, it can sometimes be difficult to get a ticket, so we recommend that you book several days or even weeks in advance to ensure that you have a slot. It is important to know that once you have purchased a Belém Tour ticket, it cannot be changed or refunded. It will count towards the visit quotas imposed with your Belém Tour ticket.

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Discover the interior of the Belém Tower.

The role of the Belém Tower was to defend the port of Lisbon. Located at the outpost on the Tagus, it was a strategic fortress against outside invasion. But this tower also saw the departure of prestigious explorers, with their caravels launched towards the unexplored territories of Africa, America and Asia.

1.2 Buying a Belém Tower ticket

Buying your Tour Belém ticket online means you won’t waste any time. You will be able to limit your waiting time when you come to the Belém Tower. tilckets allows you to make your reservation online via this site, with numerous visit options available via the secure Tiqets platform. Please note that the tilckets site is not the official site but a brand affiliated with Tiqets. Tiqets is one of Belém Tower’s partners. Booking is simple: choose the type of ticket you prefer (access to the Tower, visitor pass, etc.) and you will receive your Belém Tower ticket directly by e-mail. You can then present your Belém Tower ticket on your smartphone or in printed form.

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Reduce your waiting time during your visit.

2 | Before your visit.

2.1 Itinerary Plan and organise your route to the Belém Tower. It’s not that accessible. Use public transport or book a taxi if necessary. You can also take the tram to the Lg. Princesa tram stop, which is only 6 minutes from the Belém Tower. You can find out how to get to the Belém Tower here.

2.2 Dress code When visiting the Belém Tower, dress comfortably and lightly for the Mediterranean weather. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended for added comfort. As the Belém Tower is made up of five floors, you will have to climb some stairs. Add accessories such as a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun, and don’t forget a bottle of water.

2.3 Visiting time Allow plenty of time to make the most of your visit. Once you have purchased your Belém Tour ticket, your time will not be limited, so you can take as much time as you need to visit and stroll around.

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The entrance to the Belém Tower is on the north side.

3 | Your arrival

3.1 How do I get in?

Visitors generally enter the Belem Tower through the main door on the north side. This elevated entrance is accessed via a staircase and is decorated with motifs characteristic of the Manueline style. It is advisable to check the opening times and be aware of any access restrictions before planning your visit.

When you arrive, follow the signs to the entrance reserved for visitors. Present your Tour Belém ticket at the entrance from your smartphone or in printed form. The important thing is that your QR code is easy to read. Make sure you arrive at the time specified on your tickets, so as to respect the visiting slots. You’ll be able to marvel at the exceptional architecture designed by Francisco de Arruda.

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4 | During your visit

4.1 Discovering the spaces

Once inside, visitors can explore the tower’s various rooms, including the Audience Hall, and enjoy the terrace with its panoramic views of the Tagus River and the surrounding area.

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4.2 Architectural observation

Take time to admire the Manueline architecture designed by Francisco de Arruda. This late Gothic architecture incorporates elements of Flemish art, Islamic art and marine motifs linked to the Age of Discovery. The characteristics of Manueline architecture include richly decorative universes, such as floral motifs, complex knots, heraldic symbols and representations of ropes and sailing. The architect Francisco de Arruda designed the Belem Tower in the shape of a caravel’s prow. It is therefore made up of two large structures: the bastion and the tower.

The bastion

The bastion, like the tower, is accessible from the land via a drawbridge. It is divided into two levels.

The first room, which you will enter directly, housed the artillery. The walls have openings for the fortress’s cannons. Above you’ll find the first terrace, which was used by the guards and now offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Tagus.

The tower, which you can reach from the terrace with your Belem Tour Ticket, has five floors. Each gives access to a specific room, which you can visit.

They are all linked by a spiral staircase, which can sometimes be difficult to climb when it’s busy. But the climb is well worth it: at the top, a second terrace gives visitors a view 35 metres above the ground.

5 | After your visit

5.1 Souvenir shop

At the end of your visit, you can visit the shop and take away a souvenir of the Belém Tower.

5.2 Free time

If you have any free time, take the opportunity to stroll around the area. Take time to admire the magnificent Belém Tower from Brasília Avenue.

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Enjoy your visit!

The visit is free for children under the age of 12, and lasts between 30 minutes and around 1 hour. Access for wheelchair users is limited to the ground floor. Unfortunately, it is not possible to visit the tower. Booking your Belém Tower ticket will play a key role in simplifying your trip to Lisbon. By following tilckets’ advice, you should be able to organise a pleasant and well-planned visit.

From May to September : 10H – 18H30

From October to April : 10H – 17H30.

Closed on Monday. January 1 st , Easter Sunday, May 1st, June 13 th and December 25 th .

Time required:

Tour : Between 1H and 1H30.

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  15E      Stop Lg. Princesa (at 6 min)

Lines 149, 729, 79B.

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Belém Tower was first built to defend Lisbon . Years later, it was transformed into a lighthouse and then a customs center.

The Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) was built between 1514 and 1520 in a Manuelino style by the Portuguese architect and sculptor Francisco de Arruda. It was classified as a World Heritage Site in 1983 by UNESCO.

Constructed on the northern bank of the Tagus River, this tower was used to defend the city . Years later, it was transformed into a lighthouse and customs house. It's located right by the  Jerónimos Monastery , so we recommend visiting them on the same day.

Inside Belém Tower

The ground floor of this architectural jewel has 16 windows with cannons . The visit also includes a tour of the pits and holes where the prisoners were thrown into.

The tower has five floors which lead to a roof terrace. Each story is connected by a small and narrow spiral staircase, which, on the busiest days is a little overwhelming, having to wait your turn to go up and down.

The floors are, from bottom to top: The Governor’s Hall, The Kings’ Hall, the Audience Hall, the Chapel, and the Roof terrace.

The rhinoceros gargoyle

On the western façade of the Tower of Belém, you’ll find a curious gargoyle in the shape of a rhinoceros. Interestingly, the first rhino to set foot in Portugal was in 1513 from India. 

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Belém Coast , 6 kilometers west of Lisbon.

October - April : 10 am to 5:30 pm. May - September : 10 am to 6.30 pm. Closed: Mondays, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December.

Adults : € 6 ( US$ 6.40) (+ Jerónimos Monastery, € 12 ( US$ 12.90); Jerónimos Monastery + Ajuda Palace: € 16 ( US$ 17.20)) Senior (over 65 years old): 50% discount. Youth Card: 50% discount. Children (less than 12 years old): free entrance. Free entrance with the Lisboa Card .

Tram : line 15 . Bus : lines 27, 28, 29, 43, 49, 51 and 112. Train: Belem , Cascáis Line.

Nearby places

Belém (245 m) Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon (919 m) Archaeology Museum (1 km) Jerónimos Monastery (1.1 km) National Coach Museum (1.6 km)

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Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites – construction of which began in 1502 – exemplifies Portuguese art at its best. The nearby Tower of Belém, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition, is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.

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Monastère des Hiéronymites et tour de Belém à Lisbonne

À l'entrée du port de Lisbonne, le monastère des hiéronymites, dont la construction commença en 1502, témoigne de l'art portugais à son apogée. Toute proche, l'élégante tour de Belem, construite pour commémorer l'expédition de Vasco de Gama, rappelle les grandes découvertes maritimes qui ont jeté les fondements du monde moderne.

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哲罗姆派修道院位于在里斯本海港入口处,始建于1502年,它是葡萄牙艺术颠峰时期的最好例证。它旁边的贝莱姆塔,则是为纪念航海家瓦斯科·达·加玛的航行而建立的,它向人们讲述着那段奠定了现代世界基础的大航海时代。

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Construido a partir del año 1502, el Monasterio de los Jerónimos se yergue a la entrada del puerto de Lisboa y es la ejemplificación misma del arte portugués en todo su apogeo. La cercana Torre de Belém, erigida para conmemorar la expedición de Vasco de Gama, trae a la memoria los grandes descubrimientos marítimos que echaron los cimientos del mundo moderno.

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Het klooster van de Hiëronymieten staat bij de ingang van de haven van Lissabon en de bouw van dit klooster begon in 1502. Het is een voorbeeld bij uitstek van Portugese kunst. De nabijgelegen Toren van Belém is gebouwd om Vasco da Gama’s ontdekkingsreis te herdenken. Het is een herinnering aan de grote maritieme ontdekkingen die de fundamenten van de moderne wereld hebben gelegd. De Toren van Belém bevindt zich in de gelijknamige stadswijk. De toren is gebouwd tussen 1515 en 1521 en diende als uitkijkpost om vroegtijdig vijandelijke schepen uit de haven te kunnen weren.

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Outstanding Universal Value

Brief synthesis

This serial World Heritage property comprises the Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém, both known as the complex of Belém, located on the shore of the Tagus River at the entrance to the port of Lisbon. The Monastery of the Hieronymites is a royal foundation that dates back to the late 15th century. It was commissioned by King D. Manuel I and donated to the monks of Saint Hieronymus so that they would pray for the King, and pay spiritual assistance to seafarers that left the shores of Lisbon in quest for the new world. The monastery was also built to perpetuate the memory of Prince Henry the Navigator. Its very rich ornamentation derives from the exuberance typical of Manueline art. Being symbolically linked to the Age of Discoveries, the monastery still preserves most of its magnificent structures, including its 16th-century Cloister, the friars’ former Refectory, and the Library.

Not far from the monastery, on the banks of the Tagus River, Francisco de Arruda constructed the famous Tower of Belém around 1514, also known as the Tower of St Vincent, patron of the city of Lisbon, which commemorated the expedition of Vasco da Gama and also served to defend the port of Lisbon. The cross of the Knights of Christ is repeated indefinitely on the parapets of this fortress, while the watch towers that flank it are capped with ribbed cupolas inspired by Islamic architecture.

Created by the royal dynasty of Avis at its height, the complex of Belém is one of the most representative examples of Portuguese power during the Age of Discoveries.  

Criterion (iii): The Monastery of the Hieronymites and Tower of Belém are a unique and exceptional testimony to a 15th and 16th-century civilization and culture. They reflect the power, knowledge and courage of the Portuguese people at a time when they consolidated their presence and domain of intercontinental trade routes.

Criterion (vi): The complex of Belém is directly associated with the Golden Age of the Discovery and the pioneer role the Portuguese had in the 15th and 16th centuries in creating contacts, dialogue and interchange among different cultures. 

The serial property encompasses 2,66 ha, comprising the complex of Belém that includes the Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém. Despite the changes that both monuments went through over time, they have succeeded in preserving their physical integrity. At the Monastery, the church maintains its religious services as the parish of Santa Maria de Belém.

The Tower of Belém has preserved its original layout, despite the large changes in the surrounding area caused by landfills and by the silting of the river Tagus. The 103 ha buffer zone around the serial property serves to increase the protection of the settings of the two monuments but the wider setting, particularly when viewed from the sea, still warrants additional protection to ensure that the visual characteristics are maintained. 

Authenticity

The complex of Belém testifies to Portugal’s cultural apogee in the 16th century and has retained its authenticity in terms of materials, form, and design. Of particular mention is the stone workmanship of the Monastery and Tower, where building materials are those used in the original construction. Restoration projects implemented by national and local organisations have strictly respected original materials and techniques. The properties maintain their predominant position from an urban point of view. Authenticity has also been maintained in terms of location and setting, as there are no major changes to the original plan, materials, social significance and relationship with the urban setting.  

Protection and management requirements

The Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém are classified as national monuments by a Decree published in the Government Journal no. 14 of 17 January 1907. In order to ensure enforcement of the Law as the basis for the policy and regulatory system for the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage (Law no. 107 of 8 September 2001), Decree no. 140 of 15 June 2009 established the legal framework for studies, projects, reports, works or interventions carried out for classified cultural assets. It established, as a regulation, the need for a prior and systematic assessment, monitoring and careful analysis of any works that are likely to affect the property’s integrity so as to avoid any disfigurement, dilapidation, loss of physical features or authenticity. This is ensured by appropriate and strict planning, by qualified staff, and by careful supervision of any techniques, methodologies and resources to be used for implementation of interventions on cultural properties.

Similarly, Decree no. 309 of 23 October 2009 equates buffer zones with special protection zones, which benefit from adequate restrictions for the protection and enhancement of cultural properties.

The key goal of the management arrangements is to preserve the authenticity and integrity of the property as a whole monumental complex through the implementation of a work plan that involves the local community.

All the interventions that have been implemented or are programmed comply with current legislation, as well as with strict technical and scientific criteria. Attention is given to the treatment and rehabilitation of the area surrounding the monuments, as these works are to be ensured by local organisations involving both the municipality and the local community.

Management of the property is ensured by the decentralised services of the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC), the national administration department responsible for cultural heritage. Conservation, enhancement and safeguarding measures are ensured by DGPC that is responsible for drawing up an annual programme and implementing it so as to secure the continued future maintenance of the monuments.

The creation of a single protection zone for both monuments as well as the enlargement of the buffer zone have been crucial for the integral protection of the property. However, the wider setting in terms of the important views of the property from the sea will also require careful monitoring and additional protection to ensure that integrity is maintained.

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Torre de Belém

UNESCO World Heritage, a cornerstone of Portuguese identity and an icon of a country historically moulded by its proximity to the ocean and its maritime discoveries of new worlds.

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The Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Lisbon’s most striking monuments and the icon of a country historically moulded by its proximity to the ocean and its maritime discoveries of new worlds.

Discoveries by Portuguese navigators transformed Lisbon into the world’s main trade hub in the 15th and 16th centuries.

To protect the city, King João II conceived a pioneer project to defend Lisbon from enemy ships, a work completed in 1514 and which included the building of the Belém Tower, designed by architect Francisco de Arruda.

The tower’s unique design includes a modern and heavily armed bastion, protruding over the river.

King Manuel I clearly wished the Belém Tower to stand as a lasting symbol of his powerful reign by depicting the royal coat of arms, the armillary sphere and the cross of the Order of Christ.

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From 9:30 to 6:00pm

The last ticket sales time is at 5:00pm and the last entry is at 5:30pm

Closed on Monday and January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, June 13th and December 25th.  

Price Adult - 8€ Junior - 50% Senior - 50% Family - 50%

Reduced rates and exemptions:

- Every Sunday and Holiday - free entrance for residents in Portugal; - Children aged 12 and under; - Unemployed EU citizens; - Visitors with reduced mobility (> 60% disability/documented).

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Torre de Belém, Lisbon

The Belém Tower, located where the Tagus River meets the Atlantic

I t looks like a small fairytale castle rising from the river, but this tower was built in 1515 as a beacon and fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor. It also served as a prison, and as the departure point for many of the “voyages of discovery” that took Portugal’s navigators to previously uncharted territories. The discovery of Brazil, global trade, and the colonization of parts of Africa and Asia, gave the king an unprecedented wealth, so the monument was eventually embellished with motifs glorifying the age. Carved into the stone are twisted ropes, knots, crosses, and armillary spheres, plus a rhinoceros that inspired a famous drawing by Durer, which is now in London’s British Museum. Apparently an Indian king offered the beast to the Portuguese king in 1513, and upon its arrival in Lisbon it caused great curiosity and fascination all over Europe. Its depiction on this tower is the first Western representation of the then-exotic animal. On the façade there is also a sculpted St. Michael (whose image accompanied Vasco da Gama on his epic voyage to India in 1498), and a St. Vincent, who’s the patron saint of Lisbon.

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The intricately-sculpted loggias and balconies facing the river

The impressive stonework, the uniqueness of the architecture and the historical significance has made UNESCO list it as a World Heritage Site . It’s Lisbon’s most iconic landmark , and one that no tourist can miss. Only 150 people are allowed inside at a time, so there are usually long lines outside -- try to go early in the morning.

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The terrace that seems to float on the river

Once inside, visitors can admire the façade that faces the river, which features the most impressive stonework. That includes an image of Our Lady of Safe Homecoming, who was believed to protect sailors. Surrounding it are six turrets with small windows, where soldiers hid their guns and cannons. Below it is a small cloister with Gothic arches, whose original function was to ventilate the interior, releasing the smoke caused by the firing of the artillery. Past a series of cannons pointing out the window is a low-ceilinged dungeon, where political prisoners were held.

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Manueline (Portuguese Gothic) details on the terrace

Up the narrow, spiraling staircase are intricately-sculpted loggias, balconies and windows, and a room showing a video about the history of the tower. At the very top is a terrace with wonderful views of the Tagus estuary and the neighboring landmarks.

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At high tide, the tower is surrounded by water.

How to Get to Belém Tower

The fastest way to get to Belém Tower from the center of Lisbon is taking the train that goes to Cascais, departing every 20 minutes from Cais do Sodré Station . It reaches Belém in just seven minutes, and from the station you may walk down the waterfront, past the Discoveries Monument to the tower. Bus 714 and tram 15 , both departing from Praça da Figueira downtown, also go to Belém, but they take much longer than the train. The tram is also more expensive and is usually too crowded and therefore uncomfortable. You may ride the train, the tram and the bus for free with the Lisboa Card .

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Admission and Tickets to Belém Tower

Admission is €8.00 and you may buy your ticket online: Belém Tower Ticket It’s free with the Lisboa Card .

It's closed on Mondays

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To the east of the tower is the Discoveries Monument . To the west is the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown, whose terraces offer a view of the tower.

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Palácio do Governador

Belém Tower had its own governor in the 16th century, and his residence is now a hotel. It’s found across the road, and it’s also something of a museum. It incorporates historical pieces found during the building’s renovation in the décor, including baroque tile panels and Roman artifacts. The rooms, by award-winning designer Nini Andrade Silva, also feature a contemporary design, and there’s a good restaurant and a spa. Best of all is the large outdoor swimming pool, with a view of the tower.

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Altis Belém

Located between the Discoveries Monument and Belém Tower, this waterfront hotel is as close to a beach resort as you’ll get in Lisbon, just before the seaside suburbs (which are just minutes away). The contemporary interior is inspired by the Age of Discovery, especially the Michelin-starred restaurant. There’s also a second, more informal restaurant with outdoor seating, and a bar to chill out by the river. The rooftop has a pool and spa, from where you can see the tower.

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Inside Torre de Belém, a UNESCO masterpiece in Lisbon

When visiting Lisbon in Portugal, Torre de Belém is a must-visit place. The Belém Tower is a stunning monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site along the river Tagus. The tower was built to defend Lisbon and contains several watchtowers and floors. Let’s look closer at the Manueline style architecture and discover what is inside Belém Tower Lisbon!

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Your Torre de Belém Travel Guide

  • What to see?  The Belém Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in Lisbon. When you are in the Belém neighbourhood, add Torre de Belém to your itinerary! It is located on the shores of the Tagus River and has a rich history. The Belem Tower was used as a prison, lighthouse and customs house.
  • Costs?  € 8,00 for adults. Children under the age of 11 don’t require a ticket. Free entrance with the Lisboa Card.
  • Where?  In Lisbon, in the neighbourhood of Belém.
  • Worth it?  The Belém Tower is a popular sight in Lisbon and can be busy. Skip the line with online tickets to speed up your visit. Torre de Belém offers beautiful views over the Tagus River. Inside Belém Tower, you dive into history divided over five floors. See the arched windows, Kings Hall and the small cloister. If you like architecture and history, it’s well worth a visit.

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A little bit of history about Torre de Belém

Once upon a time, the tower stood further in the Tagus River . The landmark was built on a small island on the northern bank close to the shore of Restelo. You still need to enter Torre de Belém by footbridge today as the Belém Tower is not connected to the riverbank.

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The fortification, the Tower of   Santo António  and the fortress in Cascais and São Sebastião da Caparica protected Lisbon from the enemy. Lisbon’s port and the surrounding landscape contained several fortresses to stop the enemies coming from the Atlantic Ocean.

Torre de Belém, or the Belém Tower, is one of the most prominent monuments in Belém , Lisbon. The official name is the Tower of Saint Vincent (Torre de São Vicente), named after Lisbon’s patron saint. It was built in the 16th century on the northern bank of the River Tagus to commemorate Vasco da Gama’s expedition to India in 1497-1498.

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The roots of the building are with King John II of Portugal. A ship, the Grande Nau, was used to protect the shores of Belém. The Gothic-style tower then replaced it. This was at the height of the Portuguese territorial power under the reign of King Dom Manuel I. The Belém Tower was also built to defend Lisbon from the enemy.

Different uses for the Belém Tower

The Tower of Belém was the first Portuguese fortification with two floors , a milestone for military architecture at that time. The Portuguese fort was upgraded throughout the centuries, the walls strengthened, and the rectangular bastion improved.

The dungeons turned into prisons until 1830 , and the tower’s function changed again into a lighthouse and customs house to collect tolls. Between 1780 and 1782, the Fort of Bom Successo was built next to the tower , and the battery was connected. The Bom Sucesso Fortress is nowadays a museum you can visit.

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The architecture of Torre de Belém

The Belém Tower is a marvellous example of the Portuguese Manueline style . Along with the Jerónimos Monastery further down the road, Torre de Belém has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983 and a national monument since 1910. The stones used to build the tower and the monastery are the same.

Military architect Francisco de Arruda designed the Belém Tower, and construction started in 1515. The military architect had already designed several fortresses in Marocco, and the Moorish style with arched windows is very recognisable. In 1521, the tower was finished and ready for use. Belém Tower consists of two parts: the bastion and the 4-storey tower . Today you can visit both parts. Let’s take a look inside Torre de Belem!

The bastion of Belém Tower

You can enter the bastion by footbridge and enjoy a stunning view over the Tagus River from the courtyard. The ground floor of the fortress has space for 17 canons. On each corner, you’ll spot a bartizan, an overhanging wall-mounted turret. The bartizans are decorated with the cross of the Order of Christ , as King Manuel I was a member of the order. From here, you have a fantastic view of the building to soak in the Portuguese architecture and Manueline style.

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The bartizans were used as watchtowers , and you still get a fantastic view of the surroundings from inside. The turrets also have images of beasts, such as a rhinoceros. It’s known as the first sculpture of a rhinoceros in Western European art , and it’s believed to be the one that King Manuel I sent to the pope in 1515.

Inside the Belém Tower

The first floor.

The Lisbon Belem Tower consists of four floors and a terrace, and you can see the Belém Tower from the inside. The first floor contains the Governor’s Hall . The Governor’s Hall or Sala do Governador, is an octagonal room that opens into a cistern. The northeast and northwest parts are connected to the bartizans. You’ll walk through a small door on the first floor to enter the spiral staircase to the next floor.

The second floor

On the second floor of the rectangular tower, you’ll find a stunning veranda with a loggia . The covered arcade has seven arches with lots of delicate decorations and ornaments. On the second floor, you also visit the King’s Hall (Sala dos Reis), which has a beautiful vaulted ceiling and chequered floor. The king could see the ships arrive from the windows, and the fireplace kept everyone warm in winter.

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The third floor

On the third floor, you’ll visit the Audience Hall (Sala das Audiências), which has sill windows and arches. The Audience Hall contains a fireplace. You will also see a large relief with the Royal coat of arms . The first three floors all have ceilings with hollow concrete slabs. The last narrow spiral staircase will take you to the top of the Belém Tower.

The fourth floor

After climbing up the spiral staircase , you’ll enter the Chapel. The Chapel on the fourth floor has ribbed vaulted ceilings and is architecturally the most complex room of all. After seeing this room, you’ll wait in turn to take the same narrow spiral staircase back to the ground floor.

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How to get to the Belém Tower

Getting to the Belém Tower is very easy by  public transport .  Tram 15  leaves from Praça da Figueira and Praça do Comércio to Belém. The tram can get pretty busy, and you might prefer to take the train. The  Cascáis train   leaves the station at Cais do Sodré and travels to Belém in about 7 minutes. From the station to the tower is a 20-minute walk, but along the way, you can visit the  Popular Art Museum  and the monument  Padrão dos Descobrimentos . If you prefer travelling by bus, you can take lines 728, 729, 751, 113, 144, 149, 714 and 727. They all stop near the Belém Tower.

Opening times of the Belém Tower

The Belém Tower is  open Tuesdays to Sundays  and is closed on Mondays. Visiting hours are  between 10 am and 5.30 pm .

The tower is closed on January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, June 13th, and Christmas Day on December 25th.

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How to get tickets to Belém Tower

The queue to enter Belém Tower can be long! Therefore, it’s highly recommended that you get your ticket beforehand . One of the easiest ways to enter is by Lisboa Card . You cannot only enter the tower for free but also have free entrance to the Jerónimos Monastery , you can use public transport for free, and you get many discounts and free entrance tickets to other sights in Lisbon. If you plan to visit the Tower of Belém and the Jerónimos Monastery, you save money already!

If you prefer getting an individual ticket, the entrance fee to the Belém Tower is € 8,00 , and combination tickets with the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Castelo de São Jorge are also available.

Other things to do in Belém

Don’t leave just yet and make Belém a day trip! Aside from the Belém Tower, there are  many other places  to see in this Lisbon district. As mentioned, the  Jerónimos Monastery  is just across the road and a must-see in Belém. Afterwards, you can enjoy a tasty  Pastel the Belém  in the authentic bakery Pastéis de Belém. Did you know its origins trace back to the Jerónimos Monastery? The Tropical Botanical Garden in Belém is fabulous for a quiet moment in nature.

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If you’d like to visit a museum , you can see  MAAT , the  Popular Art Museum , the  National Coach Museum , Quake or the Archaeology Museum. The Museum of Contemporary Art – MAC/CCB is fantastic if you love art! Are you travelling with children? They might like to visit the Navy Planetarium!

Hotels in Belém

You might want to stay overnight with so many things to see in Belém. Belém is a lovely part of Lisbon, and aside from the tourist attractions, it is a quiet neighbourhood where you can book a hotel. On the map below, you can see all the accommodations around the Belém Tower. You can book a room at the NAU Palacio do Governador for a luxury stay . They have a swimming pool with sauna and stunning rooms. The Altis Belem Hotel & Spa is another excellent choice. You’ll have a breathtaking view over the Tagus River , the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge, and the Belém monuments.

The Belém Tower was built to protect Lisbon from enemy ships. Francisco de Arruda designed the Lisbon Belem Tower in the 16th century. Nowadays, it’s a top 10 attraction with a UNESCO landmark status in Lisbon. Belém Tower was the first Portuguese fortification with two floors.

The famous UNESCO landmark Belem Tower Lisbon is certainly worth a visit. You will discover multiple floors inside the tower and see the typical Manueline-style architecture. It can be busy, so ensure to book tickets online ahead of time.

The time spent at the Belém Tower depends on how busy it is. A normal visit would take around 1 hour. On busy days, however, you might have to wait on each floor to walk up or down. There is only one spiral staircase connecting all floors. Book tickets online, so skip the queue.

You can enter Belém Tower for free when you have the Lisboa Card. Otherwise, the price for the Belem Tower is € 8,00 per person. Children under 11 years of age don’t require a ticket.

In Belém, you’ll learn more about the Portuguese explorers and the Belém Tower. The tower was built during the Portuguese discoveries, as many boats would depart from   Belém’s beach  (Praia do Restelo). Discover the interior of Belém Tower, designed by Francisco de Arruda, and visit the different rooms , such as the Audience Hall and the Kings Hall.

What are you most looking forward to seeing in Belém? If you have the time, staying a full day in Belém is recommended to see multiple sights of the Centro Cultural de Belém. Must-see sights are the Jerónimos Monastery, bakery Pasteis de Belém, and a museum of choice. After a day of sightseeing , you can take a  boat tour on the river Tagus  and enjoy the sunset over Lisbon. I hope this guide to the Tower of Belém will be useful when you visit Lisbon. Enjoy!

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13 comments.

Great photos. I haven’t been to Portugal yet, but this seems like a must-see. Can you imagine the effort to carve all of the flowers and decorations in stone?

The Torre de Belem is certainly an iconic site in Lisbon. But I really never read about the history before. We have enjoyed the views of the Torre de Belem from the outside many times. But never managed to get inside. So it was wonderful to see it through your post. And to get the great views from the top.

It looks so beautiful. I will definitely add this to my itinerary for when I visit Lisbon!

This is so wonderful! I cannot wait to check out the Torre de Belém, or the Belém Tower in Lisbon!!

When I was in Lisbon, I visited this area and saw the tower, but I didn’t go in. Thanks for providing the history behind it. It looks beautiful.

Great advice and recommendations..and I appreciate the historical background..

This one is definitely going to my bucket list! I love the fat that you can visit all 4 floors. It looks beautiful!

I’m hoping to visit Portugal soon! The architecture here truly looks out of this world. I’d love to see it in person one day! Xx Sara

Such interesting & helpful information about the Belem Tower in Portugal. What a fascinating history this place has & I loved your pics too! Thanks so much

Wow, that architecture is stunning! Pinning this so I can refer back to it when I visit Portugal. Thanks for sharing.

It was interesting learning about the history of the Torre de Belem. I have seen it several times but have never managed to explore it. So thanks for sharing.

I haven’t been to Portugal yet – I did come close but I think there was something called covid happening! It truly looks inspiring and when I finally get to Portugal I will definitely catch the tram to see the tower.

So much history! If I ever make it to Portugal, I definitely plan to visit!

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Belem Tower

The Belém Tower is a 16th-century fortification located on the northern bank of the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city.

The tower was built to protect Lisbon from incoming attacks and to serve as a lighthouse and customs house.

However, it is also a powerful symbol of Portugal’s Golden Age of Discovery.

During this period, Portuguese explorers such as Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan set out to explore the world, and the Belém Tower was a fitting symbol of their ambitions.

This article covers everything you must know before booking tickets for Belém Tower in Lisbon. 

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The Belem Tower is in the Belém district, home to other must-see sites like the Jerónimos Monastery and the Berardo Collection Museum.

You will access Belem Tower by a small bridge as it sits slightly off the banks of the river.

Tourists can explore the tower’s various levels, including the Bastion, the terrace, and the upper floors.

The Bastion had space for 17 cannons, and a watchtower provides expansive views of the surrounding area.

The terrace, used for artillery, now offers beautiful views of the river and the city.

Visitors love the views from the tower – you get to see a panoramic view of the river, the Monument to the Discoveries, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the 25 de Abril Bridge.

Bear in mind that the staircases inside the tower can be narrow and steep.

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Tickets for Belem Tower  can be purchased online or in person at the attraction.

Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the attraction.

When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters. 

When you book early, you also get your preferred time slot.

Because some attractions sell a limited number of tickets, during peak days they may sell out. Booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointments

Visit the  Belem Tower ticket booking page , select your preferred date, time slot, and number of tickets, and buy the tickets right away.

After making the purchase, you will receive the tickets in your email.

Ticket printouts are not required.

You can enter the attraction by showing the e-ticket on your smartphone.

Belém Tower tickets cost €9 for visitors aged 13 years and above.

Children up to 12 years can get free admission. 

Portuguese citizens don’t need to buy tickets to enter the tower on Sundays and holidays. 

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Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site by booking tickets for Belém Tower. 

This online ticket will help you see the Manueline tower, which has protected the city for centuries.

With this ticket, you will get access to the Governor’s and King’s Chambers, chapel, and lower and upper batteries. 

You also get to take in the stunning views along the Tagus River in Lisbon. 

Ticket Price

Adult Ticket (13+ years): €9 Child Ticket (up to 12 years): Free

The Belém Bundle

The Belem Bundle

For the finest cultural experience in one of Lisbon’s most historic neighborhoods, purchase the Belém Bundle culture pass.

The Belem Bundle gets you access to both Jerónimos Monastery and the Belem Tower.

This bundle also comes with a special 10% discount code to save you money on entry tickets for other top attractions in Lisbon.

Ticket Cost: €21

Jerónimos Monastery + Belém Tower + National Palace of Ajuda

Jeronimos Monastery Belem Tower National Palace of Ajuda

Enhance your Lisbon experience with this convenient combination of must-sees by booking the combo ticket for Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower, and National Palace of Ajuda . 

These attractions are within 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) of each other. 

You also save up to 5% money on the purchase of these combo tickets. 

Along with the Tower of Belém, you will get admission to Jerónimos Monastery, a true masterpiece of Portugal’s 16th Century architecture. 

You will discover the old Royal Palace of Portugal by entering the National Palace of Ajuda. 

Ticket Cost: €23

Save time & money! Buy Lisbon 24, 48, or 72-Hour Pass and explore museums, palaces, monasteries, historic buildings, and many more attractions. Get unlimited free access to the public transport system.

Belém Tower is open from 9.30 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday.

It remains closed on Mondays.

The ticket window is open till 5 pm, and the last entry to the Tower is at 5.30 pm.

The tower remains closed on 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 13 June, and 25 December.

The best time to visit Belem Tower is either early morning, around 9.30 am, for a tour or in the evening for a stunning sunset above the Tagus River.

If possible, avoid weekends, school breaks, and winter vacations.

Most tourists explore Belem Tower in an hour or less.

If you’re a history buff, anticipate your visit to last an extra hour because the tower’s information panels have much to tell you.

The Belém Tower tickets don’t have any time limit. Once you are inside, you can stay on for as long as you want.

The Belém Tower is on the Tagus River’s northern bank in the Lisbon municipality’s Santa Maria de Belém civil parish.

Address: Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal. Get Directions

You can reach the attraction by bus, tram or car. 

Tram 15E stops at Pedrouços transit stop, 750 meters (2460 feet) or an 11-minute walk from Torre de Belém. 

If you take the 15E tram, you can get down at Lg. Princesa transit is only a 6-minute walk away.

If you hop on the 79B bus, you can get off at USF Descobertas , or Lg. Princesa bus stops, a 5 to 10 minutes walk from the tower.

Bus number 729 stops at Pedrouços or Lg. Princesa , is within a 10-minute walking distance from Portugal’s Belém Tower.

You can also board bus number 723 or 201 and get down at Inst. Altos Estudos Militares, or R. S. Francisco Xavier bus stops.

You can go to the museum by taking a cab or driving yourself, so turn on your Google Maps , and get started. 

Click here to view nearby car parking lots.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions by visitors about the Belém Tower.

By buying online tickets, you can avoid a long line. There is no need to visit the attraction for these tickets; select the day you wish to see.

The Belem Tower admission price for visitors over 13 years is €9, and children under the age of 12 get absolutely free admission.

You can explore the Belém Tower in 45 minutes. However, you can spend extra time here if you love history and art, and no one will restrict you. 

There are magnificent rooms, a spiral staircase to explore, a rooftop patio with breathtaking views, and other interesting architectural details within. In conclusion, everyone visiting Lisbon should check out Torre de Belem, a real gem.

From the first level to the roof, there is only one narrow spiral staircase with 93 steps.

The Belem Tower has no restrooms.

The card provides free admission to various attractions, including the Santa Justa Elevator, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the Tower de Belem. The Lisbon Card also includes free public transit. You can also receive special offers in restaurants, shops, and other venues.

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Belém tower – easy entrance.

  • 10:00 - 17:30
  • Last admission 30 min. before closing
  • No need to print your ticket

Strategically built on the north bank of the Tagus River between 1514 and 1520, for the defense of Lisbon, it is one of the jewels of architecture during the reign of D. Manuel I.

The Belém tower is a reference in architecture, a symbol of the specific nature of the country which passes through a privileged dialogue with other cultures and civilizations. Guardian of the Universality and Individuality of Portugal, the monument confirmed its status when, in 1983, it was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa Endereço Postal: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos e Torre de Belém, Praça do Império, 1400-206 Lisboa GPS: Lat:  38.69158542388979  Long:  -9.215978980064392

Opening hours

9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., last ticket sale time is 5 p.m. and last entry is 5:30 p.m. Closed Mondays and January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, June 13 and December 25.

Cancellation Policy

You cannot reschedule this ticket.

What's included

  • Book your Belém Tower tickets and visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Access the four interior floors of this architectural gem, including the King's Hall
  • Head to the upper terrace to enjoy panoramic views of the Lisbon shores
  • Entry ticket.
  • Access to exteriors.
  • Bulwark and bulwark terrace.
  • Access to the South facade.
  • Visit of the governor’s chamber, king’s chamber, audience hall, the chapel.
  • Access to the tower terrace.

Visiting hours:

  • October to April: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.).
  • May to September: 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (last admission at 5:00 p.m.).
  • Closed: Mondays and January 1, Easter Sunday, May 1, June 13 and December 25.

How to get to Belém tower:

  • Buses: 727, 28, 729, 714 and 751
  • Train: Belém Station
  • Boat: Belém River Station

Free entrance:

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How to get to the Tower of Belém?

  • By train: Belém station
  • By city bus: 714 (stop next to Torre de Belém); 727, 728, 729, 751, 113, 144, 149 (stop next to the Jerónimos Monastery).
  • By Electric Tram: 15 (stop next to Torre de Belém); 18 (stop near the Jerónimos Monastery).
  • By boat: from Belém river station.

When to visit the Tower of Belém?

You can visit the Belém Tower throughout the year.

The opening hours are as follows:

  • Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday: Closed

What is the history of the Tower of Belém?

Ce monument fut érigé dans le but de service à la fois de porte d’entrée dans la ville de Lisbonne mais aussi de système de défense contre les éventuelles invasions et attaques venant du Tage.

Ce rempart constituait un point stratégique protégeant également le Monastère des Hiéronymites, lesquels constituaient des points stratégiques pour envahir la ville.

Le Roi Jean II du Portugal(1455-1495), est à l’origine de cet édifice, au même titre que les  forteresses de Cascais et de São Sebastião da Caparica.

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