My Holiday In Portugal

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Belem




We caught a Tour Bus in Praça do Comerçio. It cost 14€ per adult in aussie dollar $22.00. The children didnt pay anything. The tour went for about 1.5 hours. Let me tell you, it was worth every cent. In this section i wanted to talk about Belem and the top 3 monuments you can visit.
* Torre de Belem
* Mosteiro de Jeronimos
* Torre dos Descobrimentos(discoveries)
Torre de Belem - was built in the years of its great discoveries. Our King Joao II needed to protect our defence and our land. He decided to built 3 fortress. One in Cascais, one in S. Sebastiao de Caparica and Torre de Belem in lisbon. Torre de Belem has had many functions, from customs control, telegraph station, lighthouse and political prison. In 1983 it was classified as a World Heritage Site.
Monsteiro de Jeronimos - This monastery was built in 1501. Here are the marble tombs of our king D Manuel I and his descentes.
Torre dos Descobrimentos - Monument of Descoveries was inaugurated in 1960, 500 yrs anniversay of death of Henry the Navigator. Craved on its stone are our great heroes like Vasco da Gama, the writer Camoes and many more. Inside you can use the elevator to reach the top and see the views of lisbon.

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