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Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Unfortunately I could not visit the distance see the structure covered by scaffolding, I didn't work to approach. But is a must for the Brazilians in particular
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  • The memorial is quite beautiful and impressive, but the whole area is nice as well. Great to head out this way on a nice day to walk and get some fresh air. 
  • the monument is surrounded by scaffolding. It is being renovated. However, you can go upstairs. c is a very beautiful monument.
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  • Great view of the city, from a different perspective. The "Mosteiro dos Jeronimos" and "Fonte luminosa" are right in front, and the city goes up the hill behind them. Bring binoculars...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A historical place close to Belem Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, it is a statue with a beige, black and red limestone map for the old world explains where Portuguese where in that world. From Padrão dos Descobrimentos you can see but some way off The 25 de Abril Bridge and Santuário Nacional de Cristo (Christ the king, Almada).
  • Huge statue-building in front of the river. Ot includes lot of symbology about the 16th era of discoveries. The entrance might no be worth, save those euros for the Belem tower
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