The Torre de Belém at the mouth of the Tejo was completed in 1521. It symbolises the heyday of the Portuguese maritime and trading empire. Situated as a lighthouse on a rock, it welcomed the arriving explorers and merchant ships. Originally there was a second tower on the opposite side. Enemy ships could thus be caught in the crossfire. However, this twin tower was destroyed by the great earthquake of 1755.

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  • Camera: Sony a57
  • Focal length: 55mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
  • ISO: 100
  • Taken: 12 May, 2014

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