Belem, Lisbon, Portugal, multiple visits

Belem, derived from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem, is located at the mouth of the River Talgus, 3.7 miles west of Lisbon.  This area first attracted mariners and commercial activities.  Archaeological evidence suggests human occupation since the Paleolithic era (2.6 million years ago).DSC07815DSC08458DSC08459DSC07817DSC08476Jeronimos Monastery, founded around 1459.  It also includes the Church of Santa Maria.DSC07819Entrance to main Church and cloisterDSC08468DSC08469 DSC08473 DSC08474DSC07821 Above and below is Padrao dos Descobrimentos, monument of the Discoveries, on the northern bank of the Tagus River, celebrating the Portuguese Age of Exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries.DSC07822DSC07826 DSC07828 DSC07830 DSC07831 DSC07832 DSC07841DSC07843Belem LighthouseDSC07844 DSC07847Above is Belem Tower, UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in 16th century, as a military fortification on the Tagus River.  One of our visits was with Christy!!DSC08465DSC07853 DSC07855Our second visit was with our good friend from the Azores, Elisa!! And of course, the specialty of Lisbon, one of the bakeries for Pastel de nata (egg tart pastry), which is one of Steve’s favorite num-nums yet!


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