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Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983, Belém Tower is a magnificent example of Manueline architecture. Located at the mouth of the Tagus in Belém, a district in Portugal, this tower was built between 1515 and 1521 to defend the city.

The outside of the building captivates its visitors with its spectacular white stone and balconies which look out over the ocean. Some of the most interesting features are the sculptures on the outside of the building which represent beasts such as rhinoceros.

The inside of the building was designed by Francisco de Arruda and is particularly austere in comparison with the exterior. It was used as a gunsmith’s and prison. The tower has five floors where you can see the governor’s room, the King’s Room and the Chapel. The best part of the visit, although perhaps the hardest part, is climbing all the stairs to the upper terrace…but it is worth the effort as you will be greeted by fantastic views of the whole city.

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