The suburb of Belem (west of downtown) is home to one of the most decorated churches in Portugal, the Jeronimos Monastery. This grand religious building was founded by King Manuel I in celebration of the successful Portuguese voyages around the world. Here Vasco da Gama spent his last night before his trip to the Far East. Another interesting site is the Tower of Belém, a small fort which stands on the banks of the Tagus River. The Tower not only served as a gateway to Lisbon but was also part of the defense system of the city. For a little break go to the bakery Pasteis de Belem, and taste one of their delicious homemade cakes with a little cinnamon and powdered sugar. If you look here through the windows in the kitchen, you can see how these pastries are made in large quantities.