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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. Take a look at our Lisbon family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Padrao dos Descobrimentos and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This is a visit that we would not have appreciated or fully understood without guide. The map below the monument shows how Portugal travelled the world and provides a great visual depiction of the cou...  more »
  • A place istorico for Portugal. One of the most important monuments to histora, a place where the past is reunited with prezente
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  • When we toured Belem, this monument was surrounded by scaffolding for repair work. A little bummed about that but the rest of Belem was beautiful. 
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  • Triumph to navigators and to the country sailings around the world discovering new unknown places. The mappa mundi at the bottom of monument shows the roots of Portuguese discoveries. For 2.50 you can go to the rooftop and see all the surroundings. Great view!
  • Whether you plan to visit this monument or not, you really cannot miss this glorious monument that celebrates the Portuguese Age of Discovery- 1. because the monument is ginormous and 2. it's so grand and worth a closer look. You don't have to know who all the figures are representing, but just appreciate that the wonderfully carved figures on this monument celebrates the adventurous explorers who made Portugal a superpower in the 14th Century. There is a small museum and a viewing platform for visitors, with a small entrance fee. Be aware that the museum and platform is closed on Mondays.
  • This monument has first constructed in wood as part of glorification of the Portuguese navigation in the fifteen hunderts, at the Exibition of the Portuguese World 1940. This was the most praised pavilion back then. In the 70's the city decided to construct a replica in stone. It has a chapel inside and you can take the lift to its roof where you have one of the best panorama views over Belém.
  • Wonderful but you can't enjoy the full experience because there are maintenance works all around. But you can pay 2.50 and take the elevator to go on the roof and see the wonderful view
  • This monument is quite beautiful. It is a stylized boat's bow with the most important people of the history of Lisbon on it. The view from the top is amazing. To get there, you have to pay a fair price of €5 (€2 for students). There's not much place so try to get there when there not too many people.