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Belem

Outside of the main city of Lisbon, Portugal is a suburb called Belem. Here a monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary is located on the site where priests and sailors prayed before a voyage. It has detailed Manueline architecture throughout the monastery. We saw a wonderful exhibit of royal carriages, viewed the Monument to the Discoveries and Tower of Belem. The house of the president, which is pink, is also in Belem but the most important stop is at Pastréis de Belém. The famous pastries of Belem, a recipe given to the bakery by the monks before they left the monastery, have been made here since 1837. The pastries are eaten with cinnamon and powdered sugar. Yum! What a treat.

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Categories: Portugal, Travel
Posted by Evon LaGrou on October 5, 2012

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