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Padrao dos Descobrimentos, Lisbon

4.2
#8 of 93 in Sightseeing in Lisbon
Monument Tourist Spot
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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  • At the end of the day its just a statue. Its a nice 5 minute walk from the Tower of Belem so they can easily be clubbed together  more »
  • When you are in Belem be sure to walk to the waterfront and see this monument. You can also go up to the top for a price of course. beautiful views and waterfront breeze.  more »
  • This is actually more interesting than the Belem Tower although not as old as the Tower. There is a map of the world on the plaza preceding the monument and also a bunch of merchants and love locks. A...  more »
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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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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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