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If you are looking for the WC when visiting the Tower of Belém, then you won't find it on the parapet of the tower as this sign suggests. The WC was behind me, but some prankster had turned the sign around.

Nevertheless, it gave me the opportunity to compose a photograph a little different to all the others of the Tower of Belém that have been posted to TrekEarth,

This photograph is dedicated to fellow TEer, Ricardo Lopez, and his wife Ana, whom I caught up with for a coffee yesterday at the Tower of Belém. It's always good to meet fellow TEers when traveling, and we had an interesting chat about our respective travels.

Belém (or to give it it's full name, Santa Maria de Belém) is located on the northern shore of the River Tagus, about six kilometres west of Lisbon's city centre.

According to Wikipedia, Belém is famous as the place from which the great Portugese explorers set off on their voyages of discovery. Perhaps Belém's most famous feature is its tower (in Portugese - 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 an island in the middle of the River Tagus until the course of the river was diverted by an earthquake in 1777; the tower had previously survived the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.

Wikipedia does not state when the WC was built.

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