I think it would be best to do a few posts about some of my favorite sites during our visit rather then try and lump everything into one post.
So on that note, I want to start with the Tower Belém on the River Tagus. Also known as Tower of St. Vincent, the tower was built in the 16th century on a basalt island located close to the right bank of the Tagus.
In time, with the construction of new, more modern and more effective defences, the Tower of Belém lost its role as defender of the entrance of the River Tagus.
As centuries passed, new functions were given to the tower. It was a customs control point, a telegraph station and even a lighthouse.
It also served as a political prison, its storerooms transformed into dungeons, since the time when Philip II of Spain became king of Portugal (1580) and during periods of political unrest. Finally, in 1983 UNESCO classified it as a World Heritage Site.
Belem Tower was declared a World Heritage monument because:
"It is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world."
If you would like to see more pictures of this fascinating castle just click "Where's Debbie" and then click on the album "Tower Belem"