Monument to the Discoveries
Spend a few minutes enjoying the beautiful view of the city as well as a great perspective on the pavement in front of the monument that is a beautiful mosaic compass and map of the world that details the routes taken by the explorers.
Nearby the Monument to the Discoveries is Belém Tower, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Probably the most photographed monument in Lisbon, this tower was built in the 16th century as a fortress to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbor. It also served as the point of departure for many Portuguese explorers as they set out on their expeditions.
Visitors gain entrance to the tower via a walkway and can climb to the top for beautiful views of the city and harbor.
Jeronimos Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos)
Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, construction on this beautiful monastery began in 1502 and took almost 40 years to finish. It is very close to both Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries, and could be easily visited on the same day. Though a bit weathered-looking on the outside, the inside of the church is beautiful – filled with vibrantly colored stained glass windows and intricate sculptures. It also serves as the final resting place of many members of Portuguese royalty, as well as Vasco da Gama (pictured below).