Belém - the district of the Portuguese Discoveries
Visit Belém and lose yourself in its gorgeous monuments, stroll along the waterfront and delight yourself with sweets - pasteis de Belém
Belém is a neighborhood of Lisbon, that contains the most of historic monuments per m2. This area is dedicated to the Portuguese Discoveries, it was these banks of the Tagus River Vasco da Gama and other navigators headed for the discovery of new territories, trips that were later celebrated by the put up monuments.
In Belém you can visit the Tower of Belém and the Monastery of Jeronimos, considered by UNESCO as World Heritage, as well as the Monument to the Discoveries. It is also this area,that has the most important museums of the capital, as the Carriage Museum, the Berardo Collection Museum and the modern MAAT. If you have time, go to the Calçada da Ajuda and visit the royal palace and the botanical garden.
In addition to culture, Belém is also known for its pastries. In the Old Belem Confectionery, better known as Pastéis de Belém, you find these delicacies. And usually a queue at the door because no one can resist the famous pastries - Pasteis de Nata with its original cream, recipe of which remains secret till today.
Padrão dos Descobrimentos
The Monument of Discoveries is located in Belém and was opened in 1960 during the dictatorship of Salazar and when the celebrations of the 500th anniversary
The Belém Tower is one of the most magnificent portuguese monuments and , therefore, was recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage.
The Jeronimos Monastery was built in the XVI century and it is one of the most important national buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage.
National Coach Museum
The National Coach Museum in Lisbon brings together a unique collection of ceremonial vehicles and rides of the XVI and XIX, centuries, mostly from the Royal Household collection. It is Lisbon's most visited museum and there are over seventy vehicles to see.