Tour Locations | Lisbon: The Age of Discovery
LOCATION 27 | Lisbon: The Age of Discovery
End of Marina - Doca do Bom Sucesso
Now, turn right and continue walking along the waterfront.
You’ve probably noticed some verses written along the bike way. They’re quotes from Fernando Pessoa, one of our best writers that I highly recommend you to read.
Can you spot the defense tower ahead?
That's where we're headed.
Have a good look at it while you walk.
Is it Medieval or Modern?
Both, actually. This amazing defense tower on the Tejo River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It reflects Islamic and Oriental influences. The building marked the end of the medieval tradition of the towers and projected Portugal's architecture into the Modern Age.
The tower is an icon of Manueline architecture, and was built during the reign of King Manuel. It used to be surrounded by water, but today it's incorporated in terra firma. It's a blend between the tower of medieval tradition and the modern bulwark, where artillery pieces were available. It is also known as Saint Vincent Tower. The Portuguese Navigators of the 1400s and 1500s would set out on their long voyages from this area.
Continue making your way to the tower.