Talking about Belém is synonymous with mentioning one of the most special (and beautiful) areas of Lisbon. It is often said that this is one of the neighbourhoods in the capital with the most monuments and museums per square metre, and the joke is that it is very true! Come and discover the neighbourhood with this route through Belém that we have planned for you!
Portuguese history is closely linked to Belém. After all, it was from this area, right next to the Tagus River, that navigators and other national heroes set out in search of the unknown, during the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the 15th century. That is why there is so much architectural prominence to this historical period evident in the buildings in this neighbourhood.
Built in the 16th century, it is one of the country's icons. The Belém Tower has been considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1983, being an architectural jewel in the Manueline style. Formerly used as a dungeon, this tower has decorative elements such as the royal arms or the cross of the Order of Christ. Dare to visit the interior of the tower and go up to the top floor. From there, enjoy panoramic views of Belém and the south bank of the Tagus.
Monastery of Los Jeronimos
Here are the tombs of some outstanding figures of national culture, such as the Portuguese kings, the navigator Vasco da Gama and the poet Luís de Camões. The Jerónimos Monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the icons of Manueline architecture. Appreciate the facades, the church and the presbytery, history is breathed in this space.
Pattern of discoveries
In this caravel-shaped monument, the central element is the Infante D. Henrique and 32 other figures associated with the Age of the Discoveries. Built in the shape of a caravel, the monument is 56 metres high and was created in 1960 with the aim of celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of Infante, who was one of the promoters of the Portuguese discoveries. Its view of Empire Square and the Tagus River make its summit a must-see!
Planetarium and Marine Museum
For lovers of astronomy and space, the Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium draws attention from the first moment for its hemispherical dome that we can see from the outside. This dome serves as a screen for a projector that recreates the Milky Way and the constellations. After visiting the planetarium and its thematic exhibitions, check out the Museu da Marinha, right next door. There, learn about the Portuguese maritime past, through the display of globes, sea charts and other instruments from the Age of Discovery.
Belém Cultural Center (CCB)
The CCB is one of the main artistic dynamics in the city, with concerts and international exhibitions. It is worth a visit, even if it is just to have a coffee and enjoy the beauty of the space.
End the day with a Belém cake
Words are plenty. It is the perfect sweet, which comes out warm, with the cream melting, seasoned with cinnamon. In this area you will find several places where this divine sweet is sold.
Where to stay if you want to do this route through Belém?
In the historic centre of Lisbon, Residencial Florescente is perfect for those who want to visit and get to know the capital. With easy access to the entire city, Residencial Florescente offers modern and renovated rooms, as well as a buffet breakfast. Take a tour of Belém and stay at Residencial Florescente, book your room now!