Built in 1515 as a fortress defending the role of the port entrance Lisbon, Belem Tower was the starting point of many expeditions and for seafarers was the last thing he saw on his mother's land to return to sea. Belem Tower Portugal is a monument dedicated to the great age of discovery period, often used as a symbol of the country. Belem Tower on UNESCO past monuments that are part of world heritage.
Built Manueline style tower has many specific reasons Age of Discovery, worked in stone. These reasons portray historical figures such as St Vincent and exotic rhinoceros. The architect, Francisco de Arruda, worked on Portuguese fortifications in Morocco raising so there Moorish influences such as towers. The bad side there arch windows, balconies and a Venetian-style statue of the Virgin Mary, symbol of protection in the seamen their travels.
Belem tower motivated UNESCO inscription on the list of world heritage monuments by the fact that this tower is reminiscent of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundation for the modern world.
By Maria Morari
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