Today we drove a short distance down the road to Belem a suburb of Lisbon whose waterfront sits on the Rio Tejo and has a number of attractions.
After parking we walked along the front our first stop was at the Torre de Belem (Tower of Belem). This tower was built between 1515 and 1520 to defend the mouth of the Tejo River until the earthquake of 1755 shifted the rivers course. It is now one of the symbols of Lisbon.
Just up from the tower was a modern day symbol -a memorial to the Portuguese fallen.
Returning back along the front we came to the famous landmarks of Lisbon the Monument to the Discoveries which was erected in 1960 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. Henry was the driving force behind initiatives that led to the discovery of Madeira, the Azores Islands and Cape Verde and is seen a hero in Portuguese history. The monument was impressive. We both separately up the tower. Tony went first and the sun was shining but when Heather went up a sea fret had come in so saw very little!
Our final stop was the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos which was begun in 1502 and finished in 1551. It is seen as the most ambitious and successful achievement of Manueline architecture and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was certainly impressive both inside and out.
By now the sea fret had well and truly come in so we headed back to base. Belem was certainly the highlight of Lisbon City.