Global Treasures TORRE DE BELEM Portugal
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Widely visible, and in the form of a ship rising out of the sea, Portugal’s Torre De Belem, ''Belem Tower'', is a fascinating structure which symbolizes the spirit of discovery of its creator, King John II and completed by King Manuel I . Here, Byzantine, Venetian, Arabian, and even Indian building elements combine in monumental Manueline style.
In order to protect the approaches to Lisbon, canons point threateningly out to sea and its vast cellars were originally used as a means of defence. Massive stone blocks hermetically seal the interior from the outside world. It was here that the discoverer, Vasco de Gama, dreamed of distant lands.
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