Belem

Lizbon’un canli gece hayatini, renkli sokaklarini ve en iyi alisveris noktalarini kesfettikten sonra sizleri Belem’de tarihi bir yolculuga cikartmak istiyorum. Gorkemli yapilarin ve icerigiyle zengin muzelerin mekani olan Belem, aslinda zamanında buyuk Portekizli kaşiflerin birçok sefer girişimlerinin de basladigi yer. Prens Henry’nin Fas’taki Ceuta’yi fethetmek icin ciktigi ilk denizasiri yolculugunun, Bartholomeu Dias’nin Ümit Burnu’nu kesfetmek icin ciktigi maceranin, Vasco da Gama’nin Hindistan’a kadar uzanan yolculugunun, Ferdinand Magellan’in ilk seyahatlerinin baslama noktasi hep Belem. Ayrica Christopher Columbus ‘un da Yeni Dunya’yi kesfettikten sonra Avrupa’ya donus rotasinin duraklarindan birisinin burasi oldugunu da ekleyeyim.

After you discovered the night life, colourful streets and the best shopping spots in Lisbon, I invite you a little trip in history. Belem, thanks to its beautiful monumental and historical structures today, draws attraction of many tourists. In addition, it was from here that many of the great Portuguese explorers started to their voyages of discovery; Prince Henry the Navigator and the first overseas expedition to conquer Ceuta in Morocco, Vasco da Gama to discover the sea route to India, Bartholomeu Dias to round the Cape of Good Hope, the first journeys of Ferdinand Magellan, and Christopher Columbus stopped here on his way back to Europe after discovering the New World.

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16.yy da Tagus nehrinin girisini korumak amaciyla yapilan, Torre de Belem uzun kuyruklar beklemeye degecek Lizbon’un tartismasiz en sembolik yerlerinden sadece bir tanesi. Kral odasinin balkonundan solunuzda kalan 25 Nisan koprusunun saginizda ise sonsuz okyanus manzarasinin tadina doyamayacaksiniz. Ruzgara dikkat 🙂

In 16th century Torre de Belem was built to defend the entrance to the river Tagus. Here is one of the places that you will never bother to waiting your turn to come for hours and it’s arguably the most iconic symbol of Lisbon. Don’t forget to enjoy the view from King’s Chamber; while the April 25 bridge is on your left , on your right endless ocean will blink you.
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Iceriye adiminizi attiginizda birden bire nefesinizi kesecek ve sadece wauuw dediginizi duyacaginiz Mosterio dos Jerónimos a yani Jeronimos Manastiri’na hos geldiniz. Superstar Vasco da Gama’nin unlu 16.yy sairi Luís Vaz de Camões defnedildigi bu yeri gezerken her bir detayi dusunulmus mimari harikasi olan manastirdan gozlerinizi alamayacaksiniz. Kucuk bir bilgi; eger manastir ile Torre de Belem i birlikte gezmek istiyorsaniz,  12€ karsiligindaki pass lardan alip ikisini de gezebilirsiniz yada 16€ odeyip aralarina Museu Nacional de Arqueologia ekleyip kucuk de bir ekonomi yapmis olursunuz 🙂

Mosterio dos Jerónimos ( Jeronimos Monastery) is a breathtaking place where it will make you feel like a waow ! Especially you can’t take your eyes of the whole monastery view from upper level. And don’t forget to visit  the mausoleums of superstar Vasco da Gama and famous 16th-century poet Luís Vaz de Camões. Ps: If you plan to visit both the monastery and Torre de Belém , you can save a little by purchasing a 12€ admission pass valid for both, or 16€ including the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia .

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Belem’in tarihi dokusundan Berardo Muzesiyle modern zamanlara geciyoruz. Bu zamana kadar gormus oldugum Tate, Moma, Reina Sofia, Pompidou gibi modern sanat muzelerinden sonra koleksiyonunu hafife aldigim muzenin zenginligi karsisinda utaniyorum ve eger sizlerde benim gibi modern sanat sevenlerdenseniz kesinlikle ziyaret etmenizi tavsiye ediyorum. Zira iceride sizleri Warhol, Picasso, Dali, Duchamp, Magritte, Miró, Bacon, Jackson Pollock ve Jeff Koons gibi sanatcilarin eserleri bekliyor. Giris ucretsiz !

After Belem’s impressing historical background, it’s time for a smooth transition to modern times via Berardo Museum. With a quite snobbish attitude, as I’ve been in well-known modern art museums which have great works such as Tate, Moma, Reina Sofia, Pompidou etc.,  I couldn’t underestimate the richness of its collection. If you are a modern art lover like me, I highly suggest you visit Berardo. Because inside, works represented by dozens of modern artists like Warhol, Picasso, Chagall, Dali, Duchamp, Magritte, Miró, Bacon, Jackson Pollock and Jeff Koons are waiting for you. The entrance is free ! 

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Ilgililerine ekstra bilgi ; Portekizli zenginlerden Joe Berardo’nun yillardir tek istegi elindeki devasa koleksiyonla bir muze olusturmaktir. Bu durumu duyan Paris ve Miami baya bir istahlanir ve eserleri almak icin her turlu teklifi sunarlar. Fakat duruma Lizbon el atar ve Belem Kultur Merkezi’nin icerisinde bir alan verirler bizim eserlerini nereye koyacagini sasiramayan sanat zenginimize. Sonunda 2007 nin haziran ayinda, 863 u Berardoya ait olan yaklasik toplamda 4000 eser ile muze tum sanat severlere kapilarini acar. Berardo’yu kiskandik mi ? Hic de bile !!!

Additional information for the people concerned; one of the richest Portuguese Joe Berardo for many years had wanted to create a museum for his vast collection. Paris and Miami got pleasantly hungry to buy his collection but Lisbon decided to give him a place inside  Lisbon’s Belem Cultural Centre. So, finally in June 2007 museum opens the doors to art lovers with 863 of Berardo’s estimated 4000 art works. Are we jealous of him ? Noooooo!!!

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(I have the same one at home, can I count myself as a contemporary art collector ? )

Gozumuz, gonlumuz doydu biraz da karnimiz mi doysun diyorsunuz ? Ozaman buyrun Pasteis de Belem denen, tadina doyulamayan tatliyi yemeye gidiyoruz. Ve evet kesinlikle #foodporn hastag i ile paylasilmayi hak ediyor !!! (R. Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa) Ama yinede adrese ihtiyaciniz olacagini pek dusunmuyorum, zira caddeye yayilmis uzun bir kuyruk gorurseniz dogru yerdesiniz demektir. Hemen pes etmeyin, sira cok hizli isliyor, en kisa zamanda lezzetli kalori depolariniza ulasacaksiniz.

Were you satisfied sightly and historically enough and now, it’s time for your stomach ? Then, we’re going to eat something amazingly delicious called “Pasteis de Belem” and yes definitely deserve to be posted with #foodporn “hashtag”  !!! (R. Belém 84-92, 1300-085 Lisboa) But anyway I don’t think you will need an address you see the crazy long line, yeeeep you’re at right place and don’t give up, it turns quickly. 

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Kizlar uzun zamandir sekeri hayatinizdan cikartmis olabilirsiniz fakat tatilde her sey mubahtir diye ogretilmedi mi size de ?

Girls, I understand you if you’ve stopped consuming sugar for a long time, but weren’t you be thought that anything happens in vacation stays in vacation ? 

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Belem’e gitmek icin>kullanabilecegiz en pratik ve bilindik yontem yine simgilesen, Figueira veya Comercio Meydanindan binebileceginiz No 15 isimli bir baska tramvay.

To go to Belem>Take an another symbolic tram 15 from downtown’s Figueira Square or Comercio Square.

Nerede kalinir ? Yazmis oldugum iki Lizbon postunda da kaldigimiz yerlerden hic bahsetmedim ve bu son yaziya biraktim. Oncelikle Lizbon’da ulasim kolay gibi gorunsede her sey tek bir merkezden yonetiliyor. ( Bir anda Turkiye’yi kapsayan politik bir yazi falan yaziyorum sandiniz degil mi?) Yani anlayacaginiz ne kadar merkezden uzaklasmazsaniz o kadar ozgur olursunuz diyebilirim. Son anda rezervasyon yaptigimizdan, fazla yer secenegimiz olmasa da kaldigimiz yerlerden buyuk bir memnuniyetle ayrildik.

  • Lisbonaire Apartments  Barrio Alto’ ya dogru cikan Gloria tramvayinin hemen girisinde bulunuyor. Hotel kavramini sevmeyen gezginlerden oldugumuz icin tercihimizi genelde hep airbnb den yana kullaniriz. Burasi ise hem merkezi olusu, hemde sundugu hizmetlerden dolayi bizlere cok cazip geldi. Her biri farkli mimarlar tarafindan dizayn edilmis 19 adet studyo daireden olusuyor. Ayrica zemin katta icerisinde harika bir kutuphaneyi, buyuk ve rahat kanepeleri ve kucuk bir de fitness merkezini barindiran ortak bir alan da sizleri bekliyor.
  • Lisbon Story Guesthouse  internet sitesine girdiginizde karsiniza ziyaretcilerden birinin yorumu cikiyor ; “buraya bir yabanci olarak geldik ve arkadas olarak ayrildik”. Lizbon Story Guesthouse diyor ki “burasi kesinlikle bir hotel degil; burada asansor, kapicilar, klima, spa, televizyon gibi seyleri bulamayacaksiniz. Fakat, sizleri arkadaslariniz gibi karsilayacagiz, sizlere ozellikle de bir cok rehberde bulunmayan, sehrin gizli kalmis koselerinden ip uclari verecegiz (bu noktaya kesinlikle katiliyorum)”. Guleryuzlu calisanlari ve asiri derecede yardim sever sahibesi Maria sayesinde sizinde ayni duygulari hissedeceginizden hic suphemiz yok. Rahatliginiz ve huzurunuz icin aradiginiz her seyi burada bulacaksiniz, hic supheniz olmasin. Merkeze olan yakinligini da unutmayalim. Eger yolunuz duserse Maria ya sevgilerimizi iletir misiniz ? Mukemmel kisiligi sayesinde artik Lizbon’da da kapisini rahatlikla calacagimiz bir arkadasimiz oldu. 
  • The Indepenendente Hostel & Suite Dolulugundan dolayi bizim kalamadigimiz fakat sizlere onerebilecigim nostaljik bir hotel. Barrio Altonun hemen girisinde ve en canli yerinde bulunuyor. Icerisinde bir bar ve daha onceki Lizbon postunda bahsetmis oldugum Lizbon’un en populer  restaurantlarindan biri The Decadente’yi barindiriyor. Hotelin nostaljik havasiyla butunlesen yemekler o kadar lezzetliydi ki, burayi da tercihlerinize eklemenizi tavsiye ederim. Eger kalirsaniz, fikirlerinizi bana da yazar misiniz ?

Where to stay? In both article I’ve recently written about Lisbon, I haven’t mentioned where to stay and kept it for the last one. First of all, i must say that even though the transportation in Lisbon isn’t so complicated, everything is centralised. From the main squares you can reach almost everywhere you want. So when you’re looking for hotel or hostel for the short visit your motto should be “the more central, the better”. And although we did a last minute reservation,  we left the both places with a great pleasure.

  • Lisbonaire Apartments is located just next to the Elevator da Gloria which brings you to Barrio Alto. As we don’t like staying in hotels while travelling, we look for the comfort the same as we have in home. So airbnb is generally our first  choice. Then, we found this place a consists of 19 studios and each of them are designed by different Portuguese designers. In addition in the ground floor there is a open space with a well equipped library, big puffy coaches, huge screen with playstation and a little gym. I believe that here, you gonna find all you need to make you feel like home. 
  • Lisbon Story Guesthouse is located in Rossio square, the most central square in Lisbon.  When you click on their web page link you gonna see one of the visitors comment “came as strangers, gone as friends”. And they continue “This is definitely not a hotel, there is no concierge, no elevator, no porters, no air-conditioning, no spa, no television; but we will welcome you as a friend and provide you with free tips, suggestions and travel information, specially the one not shown on the travel guides.” I’m definitely sure thanks to their friendly staff and extremely helpful owner Maria, you gonna feel the same than him or us. No doubt, it’s such a peaceful and comfortable place. If you stop by there, could you send our love to Maria ? Thanks to her great personality now, we have a friend in Lisbon that we can knock her door whenever we want. 
  • The Indepenendente Hostel & Suite is another option that you can stay. We really wanted to try there but as we were late planners it was fully booked. It’s located at Barrio Alto. Also they have one of the most popular restaurant (I talked about it here)  of Lisbon right downstairs. The restaurant was so good that, I believe that you can like this nostalgic hotel. Don’t hesitate to try it than could you write to me about your opinions !!!

Anthropologie top / Vintage jean shorts / Leon&Harper sandals / RayBan shades

Pics by me an JB

  

4 thoughts on “Belem

  1. Ya Ezgi okudum ve bisi yazmadim once.. Sonra ig de paylastigin kareyi gordum.. Bir de buradaki resimlere yeniden bakmak istedim cunku hissim su oldu o an : Sen tarihi guzelliklerin icine oyle yakisiyorsun ki ! Bu guzelliginden degil, baska bir sey ! Sanat sana cok sey borclu bence.. ciddiyim ! x

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