location country: Portugal


Belém Monstrance, attributed to Gil Vicente, 16th century, gold and polychrome enamels, 73 cm x 32 cm x 26 cm (MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon)
The Belém Monstrance is an object of extraordinary artistry that embodies an immediate response to events taking place in Portugal and its overseas expansion.

Belém Monstrance



convent tomar
Originally designed as a monument symbolizing the Reconquest, the Convent of the Knights Templar of Tomar came to symbolize the opening up of Portugal to other civilizations.

Convent of Christ, Tomar


belem grid
The Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém) remains one of the main symbols of Portugal’s global expansion during the so-called Age of Exploration

The Tower of Belém