While sightseeing and admiring the art and architecture during your stay in Lisbon, you will want to take special notice of a historical attraction known as the Belem Tower. This structure, built from 1515 to 1521, is considered a symbol of Lisbon. You may want to book a room at one of the many budget hotels in Lisbon near the Belem Tower, as there are many other historical attractions nearby. The tower was once used to guard the entrance to the harbor of the city of Lisbon. Built on a very small island close to the banks of the Tagus River, Belem Tower is now extremely close to the shore thanks to the passage of time and the movement of the land.
Decorated in both the Moorish and the Manueline style, the Belem Tower has two different parts to explore. One is the bastion, which is a hexagonal shape. The other is the 5-story tower. In the bastion, you can see openings for 17 cannons. Decorated with turrets that feature animal sculptures at the base, and with cupolas on top, the bastion and its open center are awe-inspiring. The tower is 35 metres high, and typifies the Manuline style. You will notice sculptures and stonework that feature the Madonna of Belem, St. Vincent, and a rhinoceros. With luck, you can find one of the cheap hotels near the Belem Tower in Lisbon so as to visit it often during your trip.