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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

Av. Brasilia, 1400-038 Lisboa, Portogallo, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
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Ranked #36 of 223 Attractions in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description: The Discoveries Monument The Discoveries Monument is located at Avenida de Brasilia, in the Belem district. It is beside the Tagus River estuary. The... more »
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The Padrão dos Descobrimentos or Monument to the Discoveries was built in honor of Henry the Navigator, who was instrumental in the success of the Portuguese explorations during the fifteenth century, a period now known as the Age of Discoveries. The fifty meter tall monument, shaped like a ship's prow, stands at the marina in Belém, the starting point for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was one of the places we wanted to visit in Lisbon cos every time was see articles on Lisbon, we would see a photo of this monument. We wanted to see it for ourselves. The monument was really huge, larger than we expected. Amazing to see the detail of each person carved out on the monument. The view of... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I have seen pictures of this monument and wanted to see it for real when we visited Lisbon. However, when we got there it was covered in scaffolding and plastic as it was being cleaned (so we were told). Pity they did this during the tourist season!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I know they were all explorers, but who exactly were they? I'm sure Vasco de Gama and Ferdinand Magellan had to be on there somewhere. Then there are twenty other people? I would have appreciated some sort of guide to the accomplishments of all these figures. Photographing this monument from land was also a bit awkward. I feel like viewing... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The permanent structure to honor the heroes who pioneered the discoveries of new lands in the world was inaugurated in 1960 in Belem,Lisbon the completion of 500 years of Henry the navigator.The sculpture has Henry the navigator leading holding the prow of the ship which has 30 other famous people involved in the discoveries,Vasco-da-Gama,Cabral-discoverer of Brazil,Magellan the first navigator who... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This attraction was on my list of must sees and we were not disappointed. It is magnificent. My only regret is that we didn't have time to go up on top and see the view. The detail of the explorers & others adoring the monument is impressive. Originally built to honour Henry the Navigator, the 15th C Portuguese explorer for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Remarkable,beautiful,must see experience. There are not right words to describe this beauty. Nearby this marvelous monument are belem tower,st jeronimus cathedral,vasco da gama bridge...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Definitely worth the visit, along with the nearby Torre de Belem. Nicely situation alongside the Tagus river with lovely walks and cafes close by. The Monument is beautifully and very evocative...we did not have time to go inside but I am sure the views were magnificent as it is quite high! You can get to this part of Lisbon by... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The outside of the Discoveries monument is worth seeing. Sadly it was all covered in scaffolding when we visited, but I have seen it before :-) The mosaic (a world map) outside the front is also worth noting ahead of going up the monument. You can pay a small fee (I think it was about €3 each) to take the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Great sightseeing and atmosphere. Highly recommended. Nearby you can also find mosteito dos Jeronimos and Centro cultural de belém.

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