Belém tower captured from the top of Padrão dos Descobrimentos, 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.[

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Lucien Kivit on September 18, 2013

Χρήστος , thank you for your kind comment and like, greetings Lucien

Lucien Kivit on September 18, 2013

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

janamare26 on October 13, 2013

Beautiful photo.L+F.Greetings,Mirjana

Lucien Kivit on October 13, 2013

Mirjana , thank you for your nice comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

omid&Arman 2 on November 28, 2013

بسیار زیبا

L❀ +♥YS♥ 傘با آرزوی موفقیت 傘

Lucien Kivit on December 1, 2013

Omid&Arman 2 , thank you for your nice comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

Armando Buira on December 2, 2013

Very beautiful picture, very nice backlighting!!! YS 29 & LIKE again.

My best wishes, Armando

Lucien Kivit on December 3, 2013

Armando , thank you for your nice comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

cahit Arpacık on December 31, 2013

Beautiful photo.

YS & LIKE

Greetings from Turkey, Cahit.

Lucien Kivit on January 3, 2014

Cahit , thank you for your nice comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

muay on January 25, 2014

harika...iyi çekim...tebrikler.....LİKE..

Lucien Kivit on January 26, 2014

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

Passator Cortese PH on March 1, 2014

Great atmosphere! Very beautiful place, scenery, composition and photo!

Like 97 + YS 31!

Best greetings from Italy, Francesco.

Lucien Kivit on March 4, 2014

Francesco , thank you for your nice comment, YS and like, greetings Lucien

elakramine on January 14

YSL: 32/98 , Nice shot and Beautiful Photo ! !

Friendly greetings, elakramine

Lucien Kivit on January 18

Elakramine , thank you for your nice comment , YS and like , greetings Lucien

Józef Wierciński on January 23

LIKE>>>>:)

Lucien Kivit on January 28

Józef , thank you for liking the picture , greetings Lucien

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Lucien Kivit
Rijkevorsel, België

Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 16, 2012
  • Attribution-No Derivative Works
    by Lucien Kivit
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A590 IS
    • Taken on 2011/09/20 17:23:47
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1600)
    • Focal Length: 23.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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