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Alcantara and Belem

Some of Lisbon's grandest monuments and museums are in the district of Belém (the Portuguese word for Bethlehem). It was from here that the country's great explorers set out during the period of the discoveries. The wealth brought back from the New World helped pay for many of the neighborhood's structures, some of which are the best examples of the uniquely Portuguese late-Gothic architecture known as Manueline. The area’s historical attractions are complemented by the modern and contemporary art and performances showcased in Lisbon’s largest cultural center.

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