Jeronimos monastery is the most impressive building in Lisbon, a real masterpiece and glory of architecture style called Manueline. It was built during 16th century replacing a church of Santa Maria de Belem that had existed on the sam site. The construction of the monastery was financed by a pepper tax, 5% levy that was put on income from trade with Orient and African countries. In 1604 Philip II of Portugal declared the Monastery as a royal pantheon. During centuries a monastery has benn rebuild several times and the facade we see tody comes from mid 19th century, it extends for more then 300 meters providing an excellent photo oppoprtunities for tourists. Free entrance to the monastery and museums located here on Sundays untill 14:00 and public holidays.
Tower of Belem was built in 16th century as part of river Tagus defense system, but has become a real arcitectural jewel and symbol of Lisbon city. From the top of the tower you get magnificent views over the city and the sea. Free entry on Sundays and public holidays untill 14:00, and every day for children under 14. Excellent location on the river makes it an excellent photo opportunity for tourists at any time of a day.
This is a must to visit place while staying in Lisbon. Permanent exhibition of museum of tiles is located in the building of ancient monastery, it tells history of the Azulejo (tiles) in Portugal from the 16th century to ourdays. Museum is open to public free of charge on Sundays and public holidays untill 14:00 and any time for children under 14.