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Offers! Traditional custard tart – pastel de nata!
GUIDED WALKING TOUR IN LISBON!
ITINERARY: THE JERONIMOS MONASTERY – PASTEIS DE BELEM – AFONSO DE ALBUQUERQUE SQUARE – IMPERIO SQUARE – MONUMENT TO THE DISCOVERIES – BELEM TOWER
Lisbon’s Belem neighborhood is the main heir of the Golden Age of Portuguese Discoveries and Navigators. This picturesque neighborhood is rich in tourist attractions and historical moments. The Jeronimos Monastery is the most striking example of the unique, exotic, even fabulous, architectural style known as “Manuelino”. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama’s voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success. King Manuel I initiated the process of building in 1501 on the site where Vasco da Gama and his crew spent their last night in Portugal in prayer before leaving for India.
Today the Jeronimos monastery is one of the most visited attractions in Lisbon, classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Jeronimos are entombed many great figures: Vasco da Gama, the portuguese poet Luis de Camoes, author of the epic “The Lusiads” in which he glorifies the triumphs of Da Gama, King Manuel and King Sebastiao, poets Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.
Our tour also includes:
– The Monument to the Discoveries, situated on the bank of the Tagus River estuary. The monument celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries and represents a three-sailed ship ready to depart, with 33 sculptures of important historical figures including the main statue of Henry the Navigator, holding a model of a carrack;
– The compass rose and the world map which shows the main routes of the Portuguese maritime expeditions, created from beige, black and red limestone;
– The Belem tower, built in the early 16th century as a part of a defense system at the mouth of the Tagus river and nowdays is a prominent example of the Portuguese Manueline style and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO;
– Authentic coffee break. Across the street from the Jeronimos monastery is the wonderful, noisy and labyrinthine confectionery “Pasteis de Belem”, where they sell the famous custard tart of the same name (Pasteis de Belem – Belem Custard Tart). And yes, these yellow round pastries with egg cream are worth breaking your diet, believe us! A cake with a rich and milky Galao (coffee with milk) is a very Portuguese habit.