Tower of Belém
Strategically built to defend the mouth of Lisbon’s river Tagus, between 1514 and 1519, the Tower of Belém is a combination of a traditional keep tower with a modern artillery fortress.
Apart from its military role, it is a reference of the prestige of King D. Manuel I (1469-1521), as it displays Manueline iconographic elements, such as the first known European representation of a rhinoceros in stone.
October to April
From 10 am to 5:30 pm (last entry at 5 pm)
May to September
From 10 am to 6:30 pm (last entry at 6 pm)
It closes on Mondays and on 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May and 25 December
Meals, receptions, conferences, music or poetry recitals, book launching, solemn acts, cultural activities, and exhibitions are the type of events held.
Days and timings of events will be planned on a case- by-case basis.
Bulwark Nave and Small Cloister
The Bulwark Nave or casemate is one of the Tower’s key spaces, where the main defensive systems were located, as can be shown by the replicas of artillery pieces.
It may be used for dinners, buffets, cocktails and cultural events such as concerts, book launching and film shooting; Presentations and conferences may be held on Mondays, when the monument is closed to the public.
Standing capacity: 250 people Seating capacity: 80 on tables or 100 to 125 in auditorium style
The terrace, also with a defensive role, enables you to enjoy a panoramic view of the river.
It may be used for dinners, buffets, cocktails, and film shootings subject to weather conditions.
Standing capacity: 500 people
How to get here
Buses: 27, 28, 29, 43, 49, 51, 112, 729
Train: Belém Station
Boat: Belém river station
Advance reservations may be made for visiting the Monument after normal working hours, under special conditions.
Forthcoming events – Link para agenda cultural
Shop – Link loja online
Open during the Monument’s visiting hours
Stock for sale: postcards, scientific and learning publications and reproductions of collections from DGPC’s monuments, museums and palaces.
Free parking is available for cars and buses.
Visa, ATM and cheque
Guidebook (Portuguese and English)
Leaflets (Portuguese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese).
Multimedia kiosks (2) inside the building
Signposting (Portuguese and English)
Guided visits in English, French, and Spanish (advance booking)
Restricted access for individuals with reduced mobility.