December 20, 2009

Torre de Belem Cannon

Belem Tower was originally built as a fortification to protect the Lisbon reaches of the River Tagus, though there is no evidence that its cannon were ever fired in anger.

Torre de Belem Cannon

The early 16th century tower served more as a prison than a naval gun emplacement and held over 100 political prisoners during the time of Spain's rule over Portugal.

Torre de Belem Cannon

Belem Tower's other non-military uses included seving as a customs post, telegraph station, a lighthouse and a clinic.

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