Belém Tower

(Torre de Belém)
Monument / Landmark, Scenic Lookout, and History Museum
Santa Maria de Belém, Lisboa
  • Ranked #2 for landmarks in Lisbon
  • Victor B.
    "You can find yourself waiting in the narrow stairs for a while."(7 Tips)
    Jason 6.
    "Defensive tower built in the Manueline style in 1520 by F. de Arruda"(2 Tips)
    Inês P.
    "A historic monument offering beautiful views of Lisbon and the river"(4 Tips)
    Victor E. O.
    "Nice views of the Tagus river and a cool building to visit."(2 Tips)
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  • manueline style
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  • Heitor B.
    Gorgeous and centenary by the same time, one of my favorite spots in Lisbon. A good place to take the best picture you can save from Lisbon, spend a little bit more of time there, enjoy the sunset.
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128June 19, 2012
    Defensive tower built in the Manueline style in 1520 by F. de Arruda, originally on an island. One of Lisbon's defining landmarks. See it early morning or late afternoon. Explore the dungeon gallery.
  • Victor E. O.
    Victor E. OrtuñoJanuary 4, 2015
    Nice views of the Tagus river and a cool building to visit. It takes about 40 minutes to visit. Free entrance at the first Sunday of each month.
  • Luis C.
    Luis CastroDecember 30, 2015
    It's really beautiful. It's also really hard to go to the top. You will have to wait inline a little bit because there's only one stair and a limit of time to stay at the top.
  • Victor B.
    Victor BragaFebruary 11
    Great view of Tagus river and Lisbon, but the stop-and-go method of stair climbing doesn't work well when people stop respecting it. You can find yourself waiting in the narrow stairs for a while.
  • Martin J.
    Martin JordanAugust 16, 2015
    Great view on the Tejo river and Atlantic Ocean — especially during the sunset. Very romantic, so don’t come here just on your own. :)
    Otel.comDecember 13, 2011
    Also known as the Tower of St. Vincent, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the city's finest examples of the Manueline style. Here, you'll learn a lot about the country's nautical achievements.
  • Mari S.
    Mari S.July 24
    Beautiful place, with lovely flowers and trees during spring/summer. The towers itself is amazing. Useful: Prepare yourself to climb many stairs.
  • Michael H.
    Michael HoldsworthJuly 4, 2015
    A wonderful old building, fantastic architecture. Good views across the water and the area around it is scenic. Doesn't get ruined by the tourist presence.
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaNovember 4, 2014
    Great view from the tower. Plenty to do in this area. Look to the left on the river and see the bridge. (much like the Golden Gate.)
  • Sony Mobile WTA
    Sony Mobile WTAApril 13, 2011
    Discover a little bit of Lisbon's history. The UNESCO World Heritage is located on the beautiful seaside.
  • Misheru T.
    Misheru TJanuary 28
    Skip any audio guides and just walk up the tower. Great view! There's a timer so make sure you make it on time!
  • Bea M.
    Bea MattiApril 20, 2015
    Getting here by bike on a sunny day is really great, spectacular view and a taste of summer.
  • Levent E.
    Levent ErtogluDecember 5, 2015
    One of the top attractions in lisbon. Great view of the river and bridge
  • João M.
    João MoralesDecember 2, 2015
    An architectural jewel. Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 1983
  • mylifeisgorgeous
    mylifeisgorgeousOctober 22, 2011
    Built in manueline late gothic style, this white tower is the pearl of Lisbon, a jewel welcoming you in the gateway to Lisbon. Read more
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AlmeidaOctober 23, 2010
    The Tower of Belem is a nice place to visit on a sunny day without wind. Has a fantastic view and good statuets. Take nice photos as well.
  • Theodore G.
    An interesting monument of Lisbon's history. Worth visiting to feel the past.
  • Stephanie H.
    Stephanie HNovember 17, 2012
    Shaped like a ship docking itself on the harbor - take a walk along the shoreline and enjoy the view.
  • Felipe S.
    Felipe SchSeptember 15, 2015
    Windy but pretty and on the top you have a great view of the river. Can't see anything from the city.
  • Sally R.
    Sally RichardsonJuly 29, 2015
    Pretty place but long queue even with a lisbon card. Strange system inside of lights indicating whether you can go up/down steps that not everyone understood...
  • Michee L.
    Michee LeeOctober 8, 2014
    even though the first Sunday of the month is free admission, it is not worth the line up! especially to line up to get in, then to go up a one way spiraling staircase, only to get back down again.
  • TheLex
    TheLexOctober 5, 2012
    Don't be late! The frosty woman at the door is very strict with last entry (30mins before closing time) even if you've already bought a ticket elsewhere in advance
  • Régis P.
    Régis PouletMarch 7, 2015
    Beautiful place to visit. But people don't use properly the "traffic lights" so it can get a bit messy.
  • Oz G.
    Oz G.July 15
    Not worth visiting inside. 1st floor takes a minute. Opposite coast has nothing interesting. Expect to be in line for minutes for upstairs. Enjoy its outside view, and save the fee for frozen yogurt.
  • Nicolas B.
    Nicolas BerkoMarch 2, 2014
    go on Sundays if u can! It's free from 10am to 14
  • Inês P.
    Inês PintoDecember 24, 2014
    A historic monument offering beautiful views of Lisbon and the river
  • Vanessa R.
    Vanessa RuedaOctober 6, 2015
    you can go around 5pm to see the most beautiful sunset, breathless view
  • Ann Marie E.
    Fantastic!! Worth to go I recommend to you !
  • Daniele S.
    Daniele SoaresMay 15, 2013
    Go in the end of afternoon. The sunset light will make the tower even more beautiful.
  • Tero A.
    Did not go in to the tower, but even the surroundings are worth a visit.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MillerAugust 23, 2014
    If you have a ticket already from the Geronimo Monastery, try entering via the "exit" line to save time.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LimNovember 24, 2015
    Architecture and history. Such an amazing place. A must see.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MorrisonMay 27, 2014
    Obey the traffic light system on the stairs otherwise you'll cause congestion on a very tight staircase
  • Jana
    JanaNovember 22, 2015
    Beautiful tower connected to the land by a small bridge
  • Rio G.
    Rio GrandeJanuary 14
    Very nice monument, be careful with the opening time, Mondays are closed.
  • Sven R.
    Sven RottiersSeptember 4, 2014
    You can enjoy a magnificent view from the top of the tower.
  • Anton S.
    Anton StupnevSeptember 13, 2013
    Don't waste time and money. It's very tight, crowded, and not so interesting. Go to the contemporary art museum that is across the road and a bit towards to the bridge.
  • Derek W.
    Derek WilsonMay 14, 2015
    Like someone crossed a pirate ship with a castle. My inner buccaneer just wept for joy.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick ContiniJuly 22, 2014
    Don't forget to try the traditional 'pastel de nata'
  • Alexandra N.
    Alexandra NotayMay 26, 2013
    Warning - single staircase is narrow and fancy light/buzzer system to control flow of people is completely ignored by most tourists causing nightmare jams on stairs. Avoid of remotely claustrophobic!
  • Noura S.
    Noura S.June 15
    Beautiful views of Lisbon. Go there during sunset 😍
  • Ruben d.
    Ruben de KeyserJanuary 5, 2015
    Great place to hand around, can be a long line to get in.
  • Pieter B.
    Pieter BraeckeveltSeptember 19, 2014
    Great view, nice tower. Wait at the stairs unless it's green!
  • Dan
    DanApril 21, 2015
    Disappointing. The view is good but not significantly better to the one on the ground. The is very little info, so you won't learn much. You have to queue alot, 5 different times no less.
  • Bond L.
    Bond LaiNovember 18, 2013
    Make sure you understand the instructions on how to go up and down the tower!
  • Gizem D.
    Gizem DönmezlerJune 7, 2015
    U should at least see it from outside It was really nice
  • Jenny A.
    Buy your ticket online beforehand to avoid the line!
  • Gizela F.
    Gizela FonsecaJuly 5, 2015
    Must go Portugal tourist historical spot
  • Honza R.
    Honza RichtrDecember 18, 2014
    Rent a speedboat and take a photo from the river!
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