Belém Tower (Torre de Belém) Lisbon, Portugal by David Lewins

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Taken earlier this year on a Cruise and Walk holiday, (Magic of the Canaries ) whilst working for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays around the Canary Islands, incuding Madeira, La Palma, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lisbon.

Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent is a fortified tower located in the Belém district of Lisbon, Portugal. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be both part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.

The tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles. The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and the 30 meter (100 foot), four story tower. It has incorrectly been stated that the tower was built in the middle of the Tagus and now sits near the shore because the river was redirected after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake. In fact, the tower was built on a small island in the Tagus River near the Lisbon shore.


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  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Very lovely scene and I love that tower! What a gorgeous structure….d’ya reckon they’d sell it? ;D

  • Thanks for the comment Zoe, don’t think they will sell…would you really want to live there…all that noise from boats and ships passing the tower at strange times of the day and night! ;-)

    – David Lewins

  • BaZZuKa
    BaZZuKaover 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much for the Feature, much appreciated.

    – David Lewins

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylover 4 years ago

    David, aaahhh…a beauty…brilliant image, focus and colour! Congratulations on the winning feature!

  • Thank you very much Lisa, much appreciate the kind words and support.

    – David Lewins

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 4 years ago

    Stunning capture

  • Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Barry, much appreciated.

    – David Lewins

  • Peter Hammer
    Peter Hammerover 4 years ago

    Looks a very pretty place David.

  • A lovely city Peter, very clean and friendly with some fantastic history.

    – David Lewins

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 4 years ago

    Really like the contrast between the medieval (well almost) and modern structures David. Fabulous range of colour too! Congrats on the feature.

  • Thank you for the kind words Martin, taken in early morning light with the sun still low enough in the sky, it’s a city full of contrasts.

    – David Lewins

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image, David!

  • Thank you very much Béla, appreciated

    – David Lewins

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