Belem Tower, dating from the 16th century. The tower was originally designed as part of the defense system for the River Tagus and Lisbon.
The Rotary Club donated a model of the tower in 1960.
Plane commemorating the first airplane crossing of the south Atlantic in 1922.
The Monument to the Discoveries celebrating the Age of Exploration by the Portuguese during the 15h and 16th centuries.
33 figures are on the monument including monarchs, explorers, cartographers, artists, scientists and missionaries from the Age of Discovery.
Love locks, a craze that seems popular in several cities of the world.
Map showing the routes of Portuguese explorers during the Age of Discovery.
Jerónimos Monastery, run by the Order of St. Jerome. The monks here provided assistance to mariners in transit.
The monastery dates from 1501 but took a hundred years to complete.
The monastery was built with tax funds from goods transported from distant lands. However, in 1833, the monastery was abandoned.
The church and the monastery have undergone numerous renovations. At this south portal, two scenes from the life of St. Jerome are displayed.
Inside the Church of Santa Maria at the Monastery.
The Chapel of the Brotherhood of the Cross and the Passion Steps of Our Lord
Tomb of Luís de Camões, Portugal's greatest poet. He died in 1580.
The tomb of the great explorer, Vasco da Gama.
Pastries from the Pastéis de Belém. The bakery dates from 1837 and uses a secret recipe from the monastery. Very tasty!
Departing from the Belem Tower area.
Umbrella pines, a common sight in some areas of Portugal.
Pousada Palácio de Queluz, a luxury hotel in a former guardhouse of the Queluz Palace across the street.
The ballroom Inside the Queluz Palace. It was the summer residence of Portuguese royalty and is considered the Portuguese Versailles.
The Empire Bedroom
Chairs for the king and queen in the Throne Room.
Furniture to accommodate the dresses of the time.
Beautiful desk in the palace. A 1934 fire severely damaged the palace and some furnishings have been replaced, many of which are not original.
18th century carriage in the Tiles Corridor
Tiled canal in the garden. Although only about 350 feet in length, it may be the world's fanciest canal.
We were there a bit early for the flowers but a few were already in evidence.
Looking back towards the palace from the gardens.
Another view of the Marquess of Pombal monument on the way back to the hotel.