Four Continents 2012

Belém day trip

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On Tuesday, we took a tram to Belém, about 4 km west of central Lisbon.

  The main sight at Belém (or at least the largest) is the enormous Mosteiro dos Jerónimos or Hieronymites Monastery. *
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  The tomb of Vasco da Gama. The monastery was built to celebrate his discovery of a sea route to India. *
  The monastery also has a beautiful and unusual two-level cloister. *
 
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  The waterfront at Belém looking east with Ponte 25 de Abril in the background. *
  On the waterfront is the Monument of the Discoveries, with King Henry the Navigator at the prow. *
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  The Belém Tower is UNESCO-listed and was designed in 1515. *
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  We are not quite sure why this biplane was next to a street in Belém. *
  We rounded off the day with a visit to the National Museum of Coaches, where Cinderella would indeed have had a ball. *
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You can go back to Lisbon or on to our day trip to Sintra.

 

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