Friday, January 15, 2010

Beautiful Belém

On my 3rd day, I went to Belem, which is about 6km away from Lisbon's city centre. The easiest way to get there is by bus and you have to get off just before the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, a monastery, is a magnificent structure that has been constructed in the Manueline style (Portuguese gothic style). This monastery had great significance during the Age of Discovery and was built to mark Vasco de Gama's successful voyage to India.

After visiting the monastery, I made my way to Torre de Belém, one of the highlights of my trip. This fortified tower, which is situated at the mouth of the Tagus River, was very important as it represented various maritime discoveries, served as a defense point and was also a gateway to Lisbon.

Finally, coming all the way to Belém, I could not leave without trying the Pastéis de Nata from the best and most famous patisserie, Pastéis de Belém. Needless to say, there were throngs of people desparate to get their sweet custard treats. I knew better as I just entered the cafe and continued going further and further and found out that the place is actually a massive restaurant that has loads of seating space. So, I got my table and ordered these delicious tarts. YUMMY! Really great stuff, but you can't eat too much of it as it is just plain sinful! Don't expect great service though, as the place is always packed and waiters are always on the go!



1a & 1b - Mosteiro dos Jerònimos, 2 - Padrão dos Descobrimentos, 3a & 3b - Torre de Belém, 4a & 4b - Pastéis de Nata

2 comments:

DT said...

Miam miam... Pasteis de Nata... Fantastic stuff !!!

banoo said...

Ammulu, when u described the tart, mouth is watering. I always like the sweet custards....hm! Beautiful description and wonderful photos!

amma

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