Belém Tower , Lisbon, Portugal

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Belém Tower (in Portuguese Torre de Belém, pronounced: [ˈtoʁ(ɨ) dɨ bɨˈlɐ̃ȷ̃]) or the Tower of St Vincent[1] is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in the municipality of Lisbon, Portugal. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (along with the nearby Jerónimos Monastery)[2] because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries.[3] The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus River and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.[3]

The tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style,[4] but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles.[5] The structure was built from lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and the 30 meter (100 foot),[1] 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.[5][6]

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Lucien Kivit on March 24, 2013

Domi , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Eliseo.mc on March 28, 2013

Lucien: buena toma de la artística torre de Belem.

LIKE 82.

Saludos de Eliseo.

Lucien Kivit on March 29, 2013

Eliseo, thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Lloret on April 16, 2013

amazing tower, well captured, LIKE

Lucien Kivit on April 17, 2013

Lloret, thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

sergio Delmonico on May 18, 2013

A geometria em linhas e formas chama a atenção! Gosto do enquadramento que se passa apertado em alguns dos detalhes arquitetônicos, e também o efeito do céu azul refletido ... Uma composição dinâmica atraente com detalhes nítidos!

Greetings,

Sergio

Lucien Kivit on May 20, 2013

Sergio , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

Lucien Kivit on June 10, 2013

Shah Farhat , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

tu andy on September 19, 2013

Beaufiful architecture of the tower. Great captured. L 86. Greetings,
andy

Lucien Kivit on September 22, 2013

Andy , thank you for your nice comment and like, greetings Lucien

votoja cz on December 3, 2013

Nice photo large history - LIKE - thanks for your visit, greetings from Bohemia - Jaroslav

Lucien Kivit on December 4, 2013

Jaroslav , thank you for your nice comment and like , greetings Lucien

Warner Athey on December 2

Very interesting picture.

Lucien Kivit on December 3

Warner , thank you for your nice comment , greetings Lucien

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Lucien Kivit
Rijkevorsel, België

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  • Uploaded on September 26, 2012
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by Lucien Kivit
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS
    • Taken on 2011/09/20 16:51:38
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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