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Santa Maria de Belém

R. da Praia do Bom-Sucesso 56, 1400 Lisbon, Portugal
Santa Maria de Belém, or just Belém is a parish of Lisbon, Portugal, located 6 km west of the present city centre and 2 km west of Ponte 25 de Abril . Its name is derived from the Portuguese for Bethlehem.Belém is famous as the place from which many of the great Portuguese explorers set off on their voyages of discovery. In particular, it is the place from which Vasco da Gama departed for India in 1497. It is also a former royal residence and features the 17th-18th century Belém Palace, former royal residence and now occupied by the President of Portugal, and also nearby, in the Ajuda Parish, there is the Ajuda Palace, begun in 1802 but never completed.Perhaps Belém's most famous feature is its tower, Torre de Belém, whose image is much used by Lisbon's tourist board. The tower was built as a fortified lighthouse late in the reign of Dom Manuel (1515–1520) to guard the entrance to the port at Belém. It stood on a little island in right side of the Tagus, surrounded by water.Belém's other major historical building is the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), which the Torre de Belém was built partly to defend. The building of the monastery, an example of Manueline architecture, was begun in 1502 on the instructions of Manuel I and took 50 years to complete. It was built as a monument to Vasco da Gama's successful voyage to India and was funded by a tax on eastern spices. The monastery contains the tomb of Vasco da Gama. Located in the wings of the monastery are the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia and the Museu da Marinha .Belém's most notable modern feature is the Padrão dos Descobrimentos . This is a 52m high slab of concrete, erected in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. The monument is carved into the shape of the prow of a ship in which stand statues of various explorers, as well as a statue of Henry himself. Adjacent to the monument is a square into whose surface is set a map showing the routes of various Portuguese explorers.In the heart of Belém is the Praça do Império: gardens centred upon a large fountain, laid out during World War II. To the west of the gardens lies the Centro Cultural de Belém. This was built for Portugal's 1992 presidency of the EU. It is now an arts complex, containing Belém's Museu Colecção Berardo. To the southeast of the gardens is the Belém Palace , the official residence of the Portuguese President. Five hundred metres to the east of Praça do Império lies Belém's other major square Praça Afonso de Albuquerque.Belém is home to a number of other museums: Museu da Electricidade , Museu do Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau , Museu de Arte Popular , Museu Nacional dos Coches , and Museu da Presidência da República .Belenenses, a renowned sports club from Lisbon is based in Belém.Belém's main street is Rua de Belém, in which there is a 160-year-old pastry shop, at which can be purchased one of the famous pastel de Belém (plural: pastéis de Belém) - egg tarts made with flaky pastry.   ... (English)
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mosteiro dos Jeronimos
mosteiro dos Jeronimos
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Lisboa, Torre de Belém ¦ pilago
Lisboa, Torre de Belém ¦ pilago
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Belém - Lisboa - Portugal 2010
Belém - Lisboa - Portugal 2010
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Torre de Belém
Torre de Belém
Ninguém
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Tour de Belem
Tour de Belem
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Padrão dos Descobrimentos - Ponte 25 de Abril
Padrão dos Descobrimentos - Ponte 25 de Abril
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Santa Maria de Belém sul Tago
Santa Maria de Belém sul Tago
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Happy New Year 2010 - Lisbon
Happy New Year 2010 - Lisbon
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A torre de Belem
A torre de Belem
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Monumento a los Descubridores
Monumento a los Descubridores
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fogos da passagem de ano 2010 na Torre de Belém, em Lisboa
fogos da passagem de ano 2010 na Torre de Belém, em Lisboa
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Entre Alges e Belem...
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