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Tower Terrace

The top of the tower affords views of the Tagus estuary and riverbanks, as well as Belém and its monuments.
With one's back to the river and looking northwards from the terrace one can see the Chapel of St. Jerome (Capela de São Jerónimo) amongst the trees at the top of Avenida da Torre de Belém. It was built in 1514 on land belonging to the Hieronymite monks.
To the right lies the Belém Cultural Centre and the Hieronymites Monastery.
When one faces the river, one can identify on the other side of the river the ruins of the Old Tower, also known as St. Sebastian's Tower. Commissioned by João II and completed around 1480, this tower was part of the tripartite defence system for the Tagus estuary. Invaders entering the Tagus would thus sail into crossfire between this tower and the Tower of Belém.