Belem is located at the mouth of the river Tagus near the city centre of Lisbon, Portugal. The area is a haven of Portuguese landmarks including architectural icons and famous tourist attractions. Belém is bordered by the parishes of Alcântara, Ajuda, and Benfica. Public spaces and places of cultural significance dominate the historical region.
The Rua de Belém is the main strip of the parish, containing a large concentration of the area’s attractions, including historical buildings and a famous pastry shop. The Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, The Belem Tower, The Discoveries Monument, and Belem Palace are the most notable landmarks, boasting exquisite architecture, history, and observation towers. The Jardim da Praça do Império is the most representative open space of the region, with its many lavish gardens and fountains.
Transportation to Belem is possible via train along the Cais do Sodre line from stations in Lisbon or Cascais. There is also a tram that runs from Praça da Figueira Square or Praça do Comérci and buses that service the area. Most people walk around the locality.
The economical blossoming of Belem began during the reign of King John V of Portugal and military development of Lisbon. The 1990s served as the definitive time period of modern urbanisation, resulting in the thriving area of today.