Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tower of Belém, Lisbon - PORTUGAL - UNESCO #263
Thanks to my new friend Zé, from POSTCROSSING Forum, I now have a card from portuguese most photographed (and for many the most beautiful) monument - the Tower of Belém, along with the Jerónimos Monastery and of course the "Pastel de Nata" make Belém a very special place to visit again and again. It's the lucky 13th site of my UNESCO collection, only 949 to the end! This postcard took 4 days to arrive!
Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites – construction of which began in 1502 – exemplifies Portuguese art at its best. The nearby Tower of Belém, was commissioned by King John II to be part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition, is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.