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From October to April

10:000 AM - 5:30 PM
Last admission at 5 PM
 

From May to September

10:000 AM - 6:30 PM
Last admission at 5 PM
CLOSED
Mondays, 1 January,
Easter Sunday, 1 May, 13 June
25 December
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Individual:  18 - 64 years  6,00€

Family 1 Adult+2 Menores < 18 50% Discount
Senior:  > 65 years  50% Discount

(proof of age must be shown)

Students not in school trip

50% Discount,

(student card must be shown)

FREE ENTRANCE

Child: < 12 years 

Sundays and Holydays for National Citizens (ID card must be shown)

UE Unemployed Citizens 

(proof must be shown)

*Prices are subject to alterations without prior notice, please confirm prices in the official website

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COLLECT COINS

See the locations nearby to collect coins

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King Manuel I, to persuade the Pope to be entitled to the Orient Empire as all lands discovered and conquered overseas., organizes embassies composed by African, Brazilian, and Oriental animals, to offer and impress the Pope in Rome.  

The King when received a rhino from Afonso Albuquerque by conquering Ormuz, the main port of the silk route,  has sent the imponent animal to confirm his dominance over all Orient main harbors to the Pope in 1415.

 

Unfortunately, a few miles from the Genova harbor a storm sinks the Tallship and the Rhino drowns by beeing unable to swim with the chains tied to his feet.  The corpse of the rhino was recovered and immediately embalmed to be seen by the Pope to complete his purpose.

Find out where is the representation of the Rhino that became famous after Albrecht Durer draw his figure? 

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S. Vincent Tower known as Belém Tower started to be built in 1514 on top of some rocks surrounded by water, at 200m from shore to be part of the estuary defense system, replaces S. Cristovão a giant TallShip that previously made crossfire with S. Sebastian Tower on the other side of Tagus,  

 

Perfectly aligned with S. Sebastian tower never shot a cannonball, even tough prepared for long-distance cannon firing as ricochet shots over the water. Was most used to receive important figures that would arrive or depart from Lisbon. 

 

The fortress is one of the jewels of Manuel I Reign, composed by a medieval architecture tower, embracing the Governator room, the king's room, the earing room, the chapel and at last the terrace, all connected by a narrow stairwell from level to level.  

 

The bulwark, the modern defense structure of the fortress hexagonal-shape like a shield, was inspired in Ormuz architecture visible at the design of the roof guardhouse symbolizing the Portuguese dominance in the Orient.

 

By the cultural importance nowadays, the monument was classified by UNESCO as "Cultural Heritage of Humanity" in 1983.

Also, the Christ Cross, the emblem of the historical Portuguese Order of Christ led by Prince Henry is the main symbol of the discoveries, visible when in the presence of Manueline style Monuments.

 

This symbol was used on the sails of the Portuguese caravels, carracks and other ships involved in the exploration overseas.

Today, the cross of Christ is present not only in monuments but in many flags and emblems of Portugal and Brazil.

Find out the statement of the importance of Christ Cross in the tower?

The tower collected water from the rain to a cistern to provide drinkable water to prisoners and to be used in all kinds of services needed at the tower. 

The water was under the governor's supervision, nominated at the tower in 1421 by King Manuel I to be responsible for military, administrative and judicial decisions in his behalf.

 

Find out the octagonal cistern at the governor's room.

A particular ornamental style, existing only in Portugal during the reign of King Manuel, today named has Manueline style, - uses maritime motives ornamentation.

 

The ropes used in tall ships are one of that motives represented by cords that give a refined finish to the monuments.

Search out for the cords around the tower as in other elements of the monument.

The Tower never shot a cannonball since inauguration made with the ceremony that took Princess Beatriz to marry the king of Spain in 1421. 

Ever since was a space to receive and to see the most important figures departing or arriving in Lisbon.

Find out from where the King would wave to his people and salute the ones who arrived or depart in Lisbon. 

At the bulwark perfectly aligned with S. Sebastian Tower on the Other Side of Tagus river that made crossfire if any enemy dared to enter Lisbon's Bay,  were cannons prepared for long-distance cannon firing as ricochet shots over the water.

 

Prisoners were kept in that area in rough conditions on the lower level with water until their waist.  

Find out where are holes to access the dungeons of S. Vicent's Tower known worldwide as Belem Tower.

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Sailing on the high sea was dangerous. Storms and big waves encounter could often sink or create great damage in the ship. Human losses were frequently, by hunger, thirst or illness on board.

 

Sometimes, without the human resources needed to pull up the sails to navigate, ships were drifting and left to their miserable luck.

Find out where is the Chapel that so many times heard the prayers to bless journeys overseas. 

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Château S. Jorge

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