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Belιm Tower was built in the Age of the Discoveries in tribute to the patron saint of the city, Saint Vicente.

In order to enhance Lisbon’s defence, King Joγo II drew up a plan that consisted of forming a three-fortress-defence on the Tagus’s estuary. It formed a triangle and on each angle, a fortress was constructed: Cascais's fortress on the right bank, S. Sebastiγo da Caparica on the left bank and Belιm Tower in the water.

The tower is replete with Manueline decoration, symbols of the King’s power: cables encircling the building and terminating in elegant knots, armillary spheres, crosses of the Military Order of Christ and naturalistic elements such as the rhinoceros, the first such representation in stone known in Europe.

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