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The Charming Belem Quarter

The Belem Quarter should definitely be on your bucket list of things to explore while in Lisbon, Portugal. Full of lovely cafes, restaurants serving local cuisine and a countless number of souvenir shops, it also houses several monumental landmarks of the city.

One of the most renowned ones is the Tower of Belem. Dating back to the 16th century, it was built in Manueline style, featuring imposing stonework and detailed carvings, depicting numerous significant figures. Nowadays the fortified white tower is a symbol of Portugal and an inseparable part of the landscape in Lisbon. As a matter of fact, it was even classified as UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity!

Another site in the quarter worth including to your Lisbon tour is the Monument to the Discoveries. Commemorating the Age of Discoveries, it was built to honor the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator, one of the greatest Portuguese discoverers. The 52 meter-tall (170 ft) monument depicts numerous explorers onboard a caravel, led by Prince Henry the Navigator.

Don't miss the chance to also marvel at the Jeronimos Monastery while discovering the Belem Quarter. Housing the tomb of Vasco de Gama, the magnificent monastery is another striking example of the Manueline style, which has been UNESCO listed as well.

In addition to all the great monuments and other attractions, make sure to also enjoy the local delicacies, such as pastel de nata (another "must" while in Portugal).

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