In a previous post about Riga in Latvia I called it a hidden gem and how it surprised us as an excellent city to visit. Lisbon was another surprise to us. After reading about it we did not have too much interest and we went there for a weekend just to complete our “jigsaw puzzle” of the western European map.
At the end we were very happy about the trip. The weather did help as it was a very lovely weekend with a blue sky and mild temperature. Also while the city was a bit washed out, the buildings were generally beautiful and the tiles of Portuguese style were very unique. Also we had a very nice dinner of tasting menu at a very reasonable price. I still remember my wife couldn’t help smiling when we left the restaurant as the experience was so good.
About 10km left from Lisbon city centre lies the Belém district which has a lot of different historical monuments. The district was built along a long coastline and because of the nice weather, we had a very pleasant walk there. The end of the walk was the Belém Tower, the subject of this picture. The tower was built in the 16th century as a defence at the mouth of the Togus river. It is also an UNESCO World Heritage site. The tower was built from lioz limestones which gave it a bright white colour.
The tower looks whiter than the one in the picture especially if you look at it from far away and when it is under the sun light. Actually the weathering is quite heavy and I have emphasise it’s effect to enhance it’s historical look. Also it was sunset time and a cruise was leaving giving a very different mood in the background. I couldn’t help to make the overall mood a bit more dramatic.