Stairs leading to the basement/storage room

Francisco Arruda16th century

Tower of Belém

Tower of Belém
Lisbon, Portugal

Beyond its function in the defense of Lisbon, the Tower of Belém also served as a state prison. Political opponents were held here, mainly during the reigns of Filipe I of Portugal, D. João IV, D. José and D. Miguel. The prisoners were normally held in the basement of the bulwark, which was originally a storage area, but prisoners were sometimes held in other rooms of the Tower.


  • Title: Stairs leading to the basement/storage room
  • Creator: Francisco Arruda
  • Date Created: 16th century
  • Location Created: Belém Tower, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Rights: DGPC/ADF - Luis Pavão
  • Medium: Limestone

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