Torre de Belem
Torre de Belem is a wonderful site to visit in Lisbon, built on the orders of Dom Manuel the Fortunate, the Torre was intended as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbour. Positioned 1km away from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Torre de Belem originally stood mid-stream while the monastery was on the shoreline.
rnThe tide since drifted south and the tower can be reached by a walkway; nothing is more amusing than watching tourists attempt to dodge the incoming waves. Designed by Diogo and Francisco Arruda, the tower is a mixture of early Gothic, Byzantine and Manueline styles.
There are stonework motifs of the maritime discoveries and a sculpture of Saint Vincent, the patron saint of Lisbon. A rhinoceros under the north-west watch tower supposedly inspired Durer’s drawing of the devil.