Belem is a district of Lisbon, located 6km to the west of the centre along the Tagus river. It is from here that the Portuguese ships set off to voyages of discovery to the new world. Under King Manuel I magnificent buildings were erected here, such as the Monastery of the Hieronymites (Mosteiro dos Jeronimos) and the Belem tower. Nowadays Belem is a pleasant neighbourhood with gardens, museum, a waterfront and many cafes.
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