If you’ve heard of Portugal, you’ve heard of Lisbon and if you’ve heard of Lisbon... well, then you’ve heard of Belém Tower. This fortified tower is the city’s ex-libris, one of its most recognizable symbols.
It was built in the 16th century as a tribute to Vasco da Gama’s voyage and quickly became a symbol of the Portuguese Age of the Great Discoveries. Through out its life, it was a part of Lisbon’s defence system, a custom house, a telegraphic post, a lighthouse and even a prison.
It was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1983 and it’s been a National Monument since 1907. The card above was sent by Sofia.