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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  • August 19, 2017
    everything very well, you can climb up to above, deserves the penalty by the views that are impressive ticket = 5 €/ pers
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  • August 19, 2017
    Great view of Lisbon, the Belem Tower, beautiful Park walk, at the top of this monument. Magnificent frieze to its base.
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  • August 19, 2017
    A beautiful testimony of the history of the country a beautiful view and a beer at the foot of the monumental do not forget l apppareil phoo
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  • The monument is huge and if you look up while standing close to it you get the feeling it's moving because of the clouds. The queue to go to the top of the monument moves fairly quick and it's only €5eu in (€2.50 for students). The views are stunning, from the top you can see the Monastery and garden and the Belém tower. There was also a Sunday market beside the gardens with an impressive selection of vintage toys, cards, traditional Portuguese tiles and other trinkets. Had a great time there!!
  • Loved this place. The monument is huge and amazing. The view of the monument and the bridge on the background is simply incredible
  • Fantastic views from the top, reached by elevator. Amazingly few people actually enter so you get a really good view almost to yourself.
  • Beautiful white monument. Couldn't go up it as there were works. The monastery across the road is also beautiful
  • I didn't go up, but it is a very beautiful monument and the map on the floor is very interesting. Very good views! Close to other interesting places.

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