Belém is a picturesque region located west of Lisbon, which is the site of many of the most notable and important tourist attractions of the capital. Belém is located on the north bank of the Tagus River and from the ancient marinas of Belém, embarked ships that sailed all over the world and most of the “voyages of discovery” of the fourteenth century embarked here. Historically, the region of Belém was the place where the elite of Lisbon resided, with the goal of escaping poverty and depravity from the center of the city. This combination of history, scenery and varied tourist attractions make Belém one of the most pleasant areas of Lisbon to visit.
MAIN POINTS OF THIS TOUR
Praça do Comércio / Terreiro do Paço – A reference work of the Pombaline reconstruction, outlined in the plan of Eugénio dos Santos and Carlos Mardel, came to give continuity to the primitive Terreiro do Paço, which at the time of the Discoveries (15th and 16th centuries) was the center of life of Lisbon and the main exit of the city to the sea.
Belém Portuguese Custard Tarts Factory – Rich creamy cream cakes with slightly crunchy dough will be the best I’ve ever tasted. This is the least well-kept secret recipe in Lisbon, the cream cake. These delicious pastries can be found all over the country in pastries and coffees, but the original recipe remains a secret fiercely guarded by three people. Originally it was created before the 18th century by Catholic nuns in a bakery in a cloistered order in the Jerónimos Monastery.
Jeronimos Monastery – Symbolically linked to the most important moments of the national memory, the Jerónimos Monastery (or Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Belém) was founded by King D. Manuel I in the early 16th century. The work began at the turn of the century, with the first stone being thrown on the symbolic date of January 6 (1501 or 1502).
Praça do Império – Built by the height of the “Portuguese World Exhibition” (1940), an event commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Independence of Portugal and the 300th anniversary of the Restoration of Independence by the architect Cottineli Telmo. It is also of this time the Light Source existing in the center of the garden.
Belém Tower – The Belém Tower is one of the seven wonders of Portugal and has also been considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is, without a doubt, one of the monuments that best identifies Lisbon, the Portuguese capital.
Monument to Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral – Monument that reproduces in full size the hydroplane “Lusitânia”, used by Gago Coutinho and Sacadura Cabral, in the first crossing of the South Atlantic, towards Brazil in 1922.
Monument of the Discoveries – Created by the architect Cottinelli Telmo (1897 – 1948) and the sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida (1898 – 1975), the Monument of the Discoveries was erected for the first time in 1940, in an ephemeral way and integrated into the Portuguese World Exhibition.
Palácio de Belém – The Palace, located in Belém, formerly a palace of kings, is now a national monument and seat of the Portuguese Presidency. Called “da leoneiras” in the eighteenth century, it seems to have as its emblem the lion – a solar symbol that combines Wisdom with Power.
Museu dos Coches – Bringing together a unique collection in the world of gala cars and strolls from the 16th to 19th centuries, most of them from the Portuguese Royal House, which were added vehicles from Church goods and private collections.
MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) – The MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology is the new cultural proposal for the city of Lisbon. A museum that crosses three areas in a space of debate, discovery, critical thinking and international dialogue.