jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 23 [21 Feb 09] – Lisbon

Posted in Lisbon by jn82 on February 21, 2009

Today we went to Belém, a district by the coast west of Lisbon city. The first stop was to Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, which some consider to be one of the most prominent monuments in Lisbon and is certainly one of the most successful achievements of the Manueline style. Just did a quick round inside as we were feeling a bit of cathedral overkill.

Outside Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

Inside Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

The next stop was to Museu di Marinha, the maritime museum of Lisbon, dedicated to all aspects of the historyof navigation in Portugal. Pretty interesting as it had scale models of the ships used in the historical voyages undertaken by Portugese explorers in the 16th century.

Outside the Museu di Marinha.

Nau St. Gabriel, part of Vasco da Gama’s fleet.

Portrait of Vasco da Gama.

The last stop was to Torre de Belém, a fortified tower built in the 16th century.

Inside the tower.

The last stop of the day was to a famous pastry cafe in Belém, Pasteis de Belém. The cafe was the first place in Portugal outside of the nearby Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (birthplace of the custard tart) to sell the Pastel de Nata or Pastel de Belém, named after the area.

Our afternoon snack, Pasteis de Belém at Pasteis de Belém.

Taking the night sleeper to Madrid tonight at 10.30pm and arriving in Madrid just before 9am tomorrow.

Link to full gallery of today’s pictures available here.

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