Be amazed in this Belem walking tour with the historical blueprints of the Age of the Discoveries; Vasco da Gama’s resting place; the world’s largest collection of royal coaches; home of the President; and the famous “Pasteis de Belem”.
Step in The Age of Discovery, when pioneering Portuguese and Spanish Navigators searched for and reached the new world, establishing direct contact between Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania. It all started from here, from Belém!
LISBONHOST will introduce to you the base of the famous historical blueprints of the Age of Discovery, when the great Portuguese explorers set sail on their voyages of discovery.
During this tour we will also visit one of the world most famous monuments – the Monastery of Jeronimos and Vasco da Gama’s resting place, designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.
We will see the world’s largest collection of magnificent coaches, once belonging to Europe’s royal dynasties; will glimpse at the residence of the Portuguese President and visit the Maritime Museum to hear the story of Portugal´s pioneering role in world exploration at sea; will learn about archaeological finds homed and exhibited at the Lisbon’s Archaeology Museum and pass by the Modern Cultural Centre of Belem, with regular exhibitions and international events, while tasting the local “Pasteis de Belém” (custard tarts).
Belem is the historic heart of Lisbon, where visitors can see and marvel at Europe’s most prominent architectural monuments. Belem is also the home of the famous Belem Tower. Part of a defence system commissioned by King John II, the fortified tower played a significant role in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of 16th century.