Belém: dos descobrimentos à ideia de Império

Thu, 18.05.2017

It’s time to explore a new part of Lisbon, so on Thursday 18th of May we’re going to explore the beautiful and historic, Belém.

Belem is a picturesque small town at the mouth of Tagus River (5 kilometers from the city center of Lisbon), rich in art culture and history. During the Discovery Age many ships left from Belèm and many arrived that were full of precious resources.

Our teacher Beatriz will accompany us to discover the amazing attractions such as the Belém Tower and the Monastery of Jerónimos, known for its traits of Manueline style, as well as Praça do Império with the big garden that was built in 1940’s for the “Exposição do Mundo Português”.

After the tour, it’s absolutely essential to have a break at the famous Pasteis de Belem pastry shop, where we will have the chance to taste the original and typical Portuguese sweet delicacy!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Come along to improve your Portuguese and to have some fun with us! The meeting point is on Thursday 18th of May, in Praça do Comercio, close to the statue, at 3.00 pm.

Tour Report / Photo Gallery


During our tour in Belém we enjoyed the sunshine while listening Beatriz, our wonderful teacher.

Our tour began at S. Jerónimos Monastery, which today is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, where it’s possible to see the tomb of Dom Manuel I, who was the king that supported the discovery travel of Vasco de Gama.

The Monastery is also famous for the unique so-called Manueline Style, characterised by rich decorations of shells, sailors and other sea elements.

We continued on our tour by admiring “Pedrão dos Descobrimentos”, the ship shaped monument that was built to celebrate the important discoveries of Portugal in the past centuries.

Of course we couldn’t miss the elegant “Belém Tower”, which was part of the old system of defense that today still guards Tagus river and the Atlantic Ocean. And finally, we ended the day in a tasty way at the super delicious “Pasteis de Belem”, which is the most famous place in Lisbon to experience and taste an amazing Portuguese delicacy that is traditionally served quite hot with cinnamon powder…a perfect day with our of Português et Cetera students!