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Some of Lisbon's grandest monuments and museums are in the district of Belém (Portuguese for Bethlehem), at the city's western edge. It was from here that explorers set out during the period of the discoveries. The wealth brought back helped pay for many neighborhood structures, some of which are fine examples of the uniquely Portuguese late-Gothic architecture known as Manueline. Several buses come here from Lisbon's center, but the 30-minute ride on Tram 15 from the Baixa district's Praça do Comércio is scenic and passes other attractions in the Santos and Alcântara districts along the way. Note that most sights are closed Monday, while Sunday sees free or reduced admission to many.
Belém at a Glance
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