Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon

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Celebrate Portugal's rich history of exploration at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, which was built to commemorate Prince Henry the Navigator and the Age of Discovery during the 15th and 16th centuries. Architect José Angelo Cottinelli Telmo and sculptor Leopoldo de Almeida created the original statue for the 1940 Portuguese World Fair. It was later destroyed but then rebuilt in 1958 by the government. Note the monument's square with its marble compass rose, which was a gift from South Africa. For Padrao dos Descobrimentos and beyond, use our Lisbon trip itinerary maker to get the most from your Lisbon vacation.
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  • This is the most striking monuments. Although it can be seen from a distance, you want to go right up to it and spend a bit of time walking around it. It sits right on the waterfront at the same...  more »
  • Fascist and authoritarian regimes like to position themselves as the logical end of the country's development and the transition to eternity. Accordingly, in art, they love epic paintings and...  more »
  • Lisbon icon is Belem tower but for me is this place I loved it , nothing describes it more as place voyagers set out in search of foreign lands and spices  more »
  • A monument dedicated to the Portuguese explorers, built at the point from where the ships sailed to explore India and set up trading routes. It remembers and pays homage to Age of Discovery. Really impressive and thought off concept with monument shaped as sailing ship itself.. You will be sound the area if you are exploring Belem. Check this one out, if nothing else it gives good offers good views of the bridge.
  • Visit this place on a good afternoon, right before the Sun Set, and everything turns golden. Oh. That is when you are up on top of the monument. I strongly insist everyone goes up to this place to see Lisbon from totally different angle. This is different from the Castle, and, you will see the striking modern Lisbon, in the center of the City. expect Vertigo if you dare to look down the plaza to see the grand circle pattern. One of the memorable moments of Lisbon for us.
  • Very evocative monument in an extremely scenic place. The views of the 25/05 bridge are stunning, and sunset time is definitely the best time to visit. The light can be celestial at that time. Many tourists there, but not fully packed. Recommended to come este and combine with the tower of Belem and the botanical gardens.
  • Very photogenic monument. Make sure to visit it during the sunset because the 2 sides look completely different. The line to climb on top was too big and we were short on time, but it may be worth a wait if you're there for some time. There are a few food trucks around the place to buy refreshments and drinks. Prices are OK.
  • Very nice visit here. Right along the river and recounting the history and contribution of Portugal the age of exploration . The monument itself is very pretty but the setting is perfect with a small park separating it from the busy street and the river on the other. Love watching to the west at sunset. Most Americans don't ever get the to see the sun set in the west over the Atlantic Ocean

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