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Southern façade

Before beginning the climb up the tower, one should take time on the bulwark terrace to observe the tower's southern and main façade.

Facing the Tagus, it is the most richly adorned. The second floor level features a loggia with seven perfect arches and adorned with a delicate openwork balustrade. Above this, we find the King Manuel I's royal coat of arms flanked by armillary spheres and above these, a parapet the whole way around the tower decorated with crosses of the Order of Christ.

It was this façade, with its royal symbols and archetypal elements of Manueline architecture, which welcomed and impressed voyagers and sailors in the 16th century as they entered the Tagus estuary.

It is also the façade that provides access to the tower's interior.

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