Photographer's Note

Belém Tower (Portuguese Torre de Belém) is a fortified tower located in the Belém district of Lisbon, Portugal. It was built in the early 16th century in the Portuguese late-Gothic style, the Manueline, to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition. This defensive, yet elegant construction has become one of the symbols of the city, a memorial to Portuguese power as it was during the Age of Discovery. In 1983, it was classified, together with the nearby Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery), as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This photograph presents a fragment of the Renaissance loggia on the first floor of Belém Tower.
In spite of being a relatively tiny building, the tower is very photogenic and I spend a lot of time in and around it.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3962 W: 91 N: 10282] (42415)
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