Belem district sits in the southwestern part of Lisbon, its name comes from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem

Belem district sits in the southwestern part of Lisbon, its name comes from the Portuguese word for Bethlehem

Situated on the northern banks of the River Tagus, this area is known for having Lisbon's elites in the past

Situated on the northern banks of the River Tagus, this area is known for having Lisbon's elites in the past

Many of the ships of voyages of discovery departed from here

Many of the ships of voyages of discovery departed from here

The Padrao dos Descobrimentos is a monument which celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries

The Padrao dos Descobrimentos is a monument which celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries

On the eastern side of the monument, there are statues of Afonso V, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Saint Francis Xavier, Afonso de Albuquerque and Bartolomeu Dias  to name few

On the eastern side of the monument, there are statues of Afonso V, Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, Saint Francis Xavier, Afonso de Albuquerque and Bartolomeu Dias to name few

A temporary Padrao dos Descobrimentos was erected here in 1940 fair and it was made from wood

A temporary Padrao dos Descobrimentos was erected here in 1940 fair and it was made from wood

The construction of this building started in 1958 and finished in 1960

The construction of this building started in 1958 and finished in 1960

These love hearts and lock for sale for the tourists to buy and attach to this sculpture

These love hearts and lock for sale for the tourists to buy and attach to this sculpture

This is the western side of the Monument to the Discoveries - there are 33 figures (statues) in total on both sides of the monument

This is the western side of the Monument to the Discoveries - there are 33 figures (statues) in total on both sides of the monument

The structure is 52 high and its design comes from the prow of a caravel

The structure is 52 high and its design comes from the prow of a caravel

The great people of the era included monarchs, explorers, cartographers, artists, scientists and missionaries

The great people of the era included monarchs, explorers, cartographers, artists, scientists and missionaries

On the western side of Padrao dos Descobrimentos, there are figures of Peter, Duke of Coimbra, Queen Philippa of Lancaster, Fernao Mendes Pinto, Frei Goncalo de Carvalh, Nuno Goncalves

On the western side of Padrao dos Descobrimentos, there are figures of Peter, Duke of Coimbra, Queen Philippa of Lancaster, Fernao Mendes Pinto, Frei Goncalo de Carvalh, Nuno Goncalves

Pero da Covilha, Jacome de Maiorca, Pedro Escobar, Joao Goncalves Zarco and Ferdinand the Holy Prince are few of them

Pero da Covilha, Jacome de Maiorca, Pedro Escobar, Joao Goncalves Zarco and Ferdinand the Holy Prince are few of them

There is a small museum inside the monument which details the history of Lisbon

There is a small museum inside the monument which details the history of Lisbon

The area around this monument is very pleasant for a walk and also there is a viewing platfrom at the top of the Padrao dos Descobrimentos

The area around this monument is very pleasant for a walk and also there is a viewing platfrom at the top of the Padrao dos Descobrimentos

Northern bank of the River Tagus offers a panoramic view of the surrounding areas

Northern bank of the River Tagus offers a panoramic view of the surrounding areas

In this photo, the figure of Henry the Navigator is positioned at the front of the monument looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean

In this photo, the figure of Henry the Navigator is positioned at the front of the monument looking out towards the Atlantic Ocean

The 25 de Abril Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) can be seen from the Padrao dos Descobrimentos

The 25 de Abril Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril) can be seen from the Padrao dos Descobrimentos

Here, two entertainers are playing the traditional music of Latin America

Here, two entertainers are playing the traditional music of Latin America

They have also few of their CDs on sale

They have also few of their CDs on sale

The Padrao dos Descobrimentos is seen here with the 25 de Abril Bridge in the background

The Padrao dos Descobrimentos is seen here with the 25 de Abril Bridge in the background

This is the walkway (bridge) of a restaurant which shows the Portuguese love for water

This is the walkway (bridge) of a restaurant which shows the Portuguese love for water

There were three restaurants in total but two were facing the northern bank of the River Tagus

There were three restaurants in total but two were facing the northern bank of the River Tagus

This photo shows the Belem Lighthouse, The Padrao dos Descobrimentos and the 25 de Abril Bridge

This photo shows the Belem Lighthouse, The Padrao dos Descobrimentos and the 25 de Abril Bridge

This 20m cylindrical concrete tower has an open lantern at the top

This 20m cylindrical concrete tower has an open lantern at the top

Doca do Bom Sucesso is a facility used by civil and military situated close to Torre de Belem

Doca do Bom Sucesso is a facility used by civil and military situated close to Torre de Belem

The Doca do Bom Sucesso is notable for its importance in history and naval de Portugal from the 20th century.

The Doca do Bom Sucesso is notable for its importance in history and naval de Portugal from the 20th century.

A crane at the Doca do Bom Sucesso to lift the boats

A crane at the Doca do Bom Sucesso to lift the boats

While walking to the Belem Tower, I saw jellyfish swimming in the water

While walking to the Belem Tower, I saw jellyfish swimming in the water

A closer look at one of the animals in the water

A closer look at one of the animals in the water

Artur de Sacadura Cabral Monument is built next to the Tower of Belem

Artur de Sacadura Cabral Monument is built next to the Tower of Belem

Sacadura Cabral was a a Portuguese aviation pioneer who in 1922 conducted the first flight across the South Atlantic Ocean

Sacadura Cabral was a a Portuguese aviation pioneer who in 1922 conducted the first flight across the South Atlantic Ocean

On 15 November 1924, Sacadura Cabral  disappeared while flying over the English Channel his body was never found

On 15 November 1924, Sacadura Cabral disappeared while flying over the English Channel his body was never found

Some part of his aeroplane were found later in the area

Some part of his aeroplane were found later in the area

A wonderful view of the northern bank of the River Tagus, this photo was taken from the Belem Tower

A wonderful view of the northern bank of the River Tagus, this photo was taken from the Belem Tower

The 25 de Abril Bridge connects two sides of the River Tagus, the city of Lisbon and to the municipality of Almada

The 25 de Abril Bridge connects two sides of the River Tagus, the city of Lisbon and to the municipality of Almada

The National Sanctuary of Christ the King sits on the southern bank of the River Tagus

The National Sanctuary of Christ the King sits on the southern bank of the River Tagus

Jardim da Torre de Belem sits between the Belem Tower and the Museum of the Combatant (Museu do Combatente)

Jardim da Torre de Belem sits between the Belem Tower and the Museum of the Combatant (Museu do Combatente)

To visit the Belem district one would need few days because this part of Lisbon has plenty on offer

To visit the Belem district one would need few days because this part of Lisbon has plenty on offer

This museum contains some of the Portuguese military artifacts

This museum contains some of the Portuguese military artifacts

The Monumento Combatentes Ultramar is dedicated to soldiers of the Portuguese army who died during the Overseas War of 1961 to 1974

The Monumento Combatentes Ultramar is dedicated to soldiers of the Portuguese army who died during the Overseas War of 1961 to 1974

The central flame burns continuously to signify the lasting memory of the dead soldiers while the names of each solider who died are etched into the three walls that surround the memorial

The central flame burns continuously to signify the lasting memory of the dead soldiers while the names of each solider who died are etched into the three walls that surround the memorial

A soldier stands guard at the Monumento Combatentes Ultramar

A soldier stands guard at the Monumento Combatentes Ultramar

Wine is being sold from a cart, it is one of the popular sights one would come across while in Lisbon

Wine is being sold from a cart, it is one of the popular sights one would come across while in Lisbon

Another cart selling the Portuguese wines

Another cart selling the Portuguese wines

An open area can be used for a picnic

An open area can be used for a picnic

This cart was selling fresh juice to enjoy it on a hot day

This cart was selling fresh juice to enjoy it on a hot day

A view from the bridge which goes over the Avenida Brasília BP and Avenida da Idia

A view from the bridge which goes over the Avenida Brasília BP and Avenida da Idia

Looking back at the bridge after reaching the other side (Avenida da India side)

Looking back at the bridge after reaching the other side (Avenida da India side)

This building is situated between the Centro Cultural de Belem and the Center of Archeology of Lisbon

This building is situated between the Centro Cultural de Belem and the Center of Archeology of Lisbon

Beautifull trees on the street with the Centro Cultural de Belem building in the background

Beautifull trees on the street with the Centro Cultural de Belem building in the background

The Empire Square is a city square in Belem, locally it is known as Praca do Imperio

The Empire Square is a city square in Belem, locally it is known as Praca do Imperio

It was built in the mid 20th century, to be used for some of the events occasioned by the 1940 World Exhibition

It was built in the mid 20th century, to be used for some of the events occasioned by the 1940 World Exhibition

In this photos, the Jeronimos Monastery can be seen in the background

In this photos, the Jeronimos Monastery can be seen in the background

It was designed by Conttineli Telmo, and the huge garden located in its center is the work of Gomes Amorim

It was designed by Conttineli Telmo, and the huge garden located in its center is the work of Gomes Amorim

In the center of the square is a 3.300 m˛ garden with large fountain in the middle

In the center of the square is a 3.300 m˛ garden with large fountain in the middle

This square is one of the largest in Europe

This square is one of the largest in Europe

It is filled with decorative gardens, water features and a great place to relax

It is filled with decorative gardens, water features and a great place to relax

Designs created next to the fountains in the Praca do Imperio

Designs created next to the fountains in the Praca do Imperio

Road work being carried out on one of the streets in Belem

Road work being carried out on one of the streets in Belem

A sculpture of two horses built in a fountain in Belem

A sculpture of two horses built in a fountain in Belem

The Albuquerque monument sits in the Afonso de Albuquerque Square

The Albuquerque monument sits in the Afonso de Albuquerque Square

This square is located in front of Belem Palace, this square used to be a harbour -  In 1807, Queen Mary I and Prince John VI fled Lisbon from this harbour to Rio de Janeiro

This square is located in front of Belem Palace, this square used to be a harbour - In 1807, Queen Mary I and Prince John VI fled Lisbon from this harbour to Rio de Janeiro