Saturday, November 1, 2014

Belém Tower


The fortified Belém Tower dates back to the early 16th century and it was part of a defensive system for the mouth of the Tagus River. In 1983 this former cerimonial gateway to Lisbon was classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries.


This is my contribution to the City Daily Photo November Theme Day: Landmark
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26 comments:

VP said...

I can imagine only very few buildings in the world more landmark than this!

Julie said...

Wonderful architecture, Jose. Such exquisite detail. And that view across the water is just gorgeous.

Sharon Anck said...

That top photo with the sun making the tower glow is the gorgeous.

Stefan Jansson said...

Wonderful light in the top photo.

Merisi said...

Architectural jewels rarely come in better settings!
Beautifully captured.

Birdman said...

What color with the sun falling on its walls.

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful!

Judy said...

The pictures are beautiful and it's a perfect choice for theme day.

Sylvia K said...

Architectural gems they are indeed, Jose!! The detailed carving is incredible! And, of course, I do love your blue, blue skies!! Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!

William Kendall said...

It looks well worth its place on the UNESCO listing. Beautiful!

RedPat said...

The light in the 1st one is fabulous, JM! Wonderful place.

Randy said...

Awesome choice for theme day.

Bob Crowe said...

I remember this well from our one visit to Lisbon. It was a dramatic marker of Portuguese power.

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful!

Petrea Burchard said...

Gorgeous.

Jack said...

It is a true landmark and one that can be looked at over and over again.

Stickup Artist said...

The amazement never ends!

Joan Elizabeth said...

I love the water views.

Babzy said...

always beautiful :)

Dave said...

Stunning building, looks almost arabic

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful structure!

Dina said...

Every city should have such an important, impressive, historical landmark.

Halcyon said...

Beautiful place. Love the glowing light in your first shot.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

This beautiful, great photos. Diane

orvokki said...

Spectacular !

Crazy Tourists said...

great photos of a great place!!