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Torre de Belem Cannon

Belem Tower was originally built as a fortification to protect the Lisbon reaches of the River Tagus, though there is no evidence that its cannon were ever fired in anger.

Torre de Belem Cannon
Inside the fortress


The early 16th-century tower served more as a prison than a naval gun emplacement and held over 100 political prisoners during the time of Spain's rule over Portugal.

Torre de Belem Cannon
Inside Belem Tower

Belem Tower's other non-military uses included serving as a customs post, telegraph station, a lighthouse, and even a clinic.

Torre de Belem.

Access - Getting There

Av. Brasília, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portugal

There are reductions with the Lisboa Card.

Belem Station on the Cascais Line is the nearest railway station to the tower. Belem can also be reached by tram or bus from central Lisbon. A good hotel nearby is Jeronimos 8. Also nearby is the famous cafe Pasteis de Belem, well-known for its delicious custard tarts.

Belem Map

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