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Military, manuelina, maneirista and revivalista, neo-manuelina architecture. Military building manuelino composition for quadrangular tower of 4 floors and polygon bastion with merlões, form that combines the medieval tradition of tower, filiada in the model of the tower of house arrest under bail of the Castle of Vincennes, according to Mário Tavares CHICÓ, conjugated with the new decurrent techniques of blockhouse of the appearance of new artillery piro-ballistics that implied strong walls and polygon planimetry, based in Italian models. To the original structure paralelepipédico building of single threads was added, maneirista, and, later, its space was busy for one claustro to rectangular all decorated with neo-manuelinos, clear elements in the monument, as crosses of the Order of Christ, spheres armilares, rendilhados, pináculos torsos. Its originalidade inhabits in the implantation, structure and planimetría: a tower of great height (30m) provided with bastion, constructed in the riverbed Tejo, in the immediacy of the Monastery of Saint Maria de Belém and of the Chapel of S. Jerónimo, with which if directa can establish a relation the functional level. The sentry boxes are salient and seat in mísulas sculptured with fantastic animals and a head of rinoceronte, considered 1ª representation of this animal in the European world. Instead of being dissimulated in the landscape, the great altimetry of the Tower, the fragility and the too much escultórico decorativismo (maioritariamente neo-manuelino) that it patents, are not coadunam with warlike objectivos, transforming the monument into one of the illustrious representative symbols of the Portuguese Discoveries. All the vaults are of brick exceptuando of 4º the floor of the tower, constructed in would sing.

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