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This article is about the tower in Lisbon, Portugal. For the one in Córdoba, Spain, see Torre de Belén.
|Torre de Belém|
|Lisbon, Grande Lisboa, Lisbon in Portugal|
|The iconic quarter façade of the Tower of Belém on the bank of the Tagus River|
Location of the Belém Tower within the municipality of Lisbon
|Coordinates||38°41′30″N 9°12′58″WCoordinates: 38°41′30″N 9°12′58″W|
|Operator||Centro de eLearning do Instituto Politécnico de Tomar (IPT) e Área|
|Materials||Pedra Lioz (Limestone), Tile, Wood|
Belém Tower (Portuguese: Torre de Belém, pronounced [ˈtoʁ(ɨ) dɨ bɨˈlɐ̃ȷ̃]), or the “Tower of St Vincent”, 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) because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. The tower was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defence system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.
The tower was built in the early 16th century and is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style, but it also incorporates hints of other architectural styles. The structure was built from Lioz limestone and is composed of a bastion and a 30-metre (98.4 ft), four-storey 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.
Available at Trover. 2018. Jerónimos Monastery, Lisbon, Portugal – Jerónimos Monastery, in…. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.trover.com/li/vZxg/ZXm6. [Accessed 12 November 2018].