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Originally the summer home of royalty, Belem is now an affluent suburb of Lisbon. Located where the Targas River flows into the sea it has always been a departure point for ships sailing out to sea.

The Tower of Belem rises out of the water as a gateway to adventure for ancient sailors

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The monastery of Belem dominates the skyline.20120919-123727.jpg

It is hard to get my head around how these massive structures were built hundreds of years ago.
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The best part of the trip was a chance to taste the famous Pastries of Belem.

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