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Padrao dos Descobrimentos

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Address: Av. Brasilia - Belem, Lisbon 1400-038, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 21 303 1950
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960...
Erected in the honor of Portugal's Prince Henry the Navigator in 1960, this is a dramatic work of art in stone that commemorates Portugal's many famous explorers and adventurers.
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We had seen the monument on a travel show but had no idea of its scale!... It was only passing it while on a bus tour that we realized how BIG it is! It was a brilliant and sunny... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had seen the monument on a travel show but had no idea of its scale!... It was only passing it while on a bus tour that we realized how BIG it is! It was a brilliant and sunny day to see it, and the crowds were relatively light. It is very impressive to see, we didn't take the elevator... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

If you are in the area visit this monument. We only stumbled upon it while going for a walk along the water!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful structure. Set against a striking blue sky it is majestic and awe inspiring. On the day we went a beautiful yacht sailed past and made the whole experience magical. Well worth a visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

You can either just admire this building from the outside or pay 4 euro to go to the top of it to the viewing platform. There is a lift and then around 15 stairs from the lift to the platform. There isn't much room up there but the views are great. Certainly better than Torre De Belem as it's much... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

A tribute to the navigators in a place symbolizing where the ships left for exploring the new world. It is very touching to imagine them sailing off into the unknown, especially if you are from Brazil (which was discovered by the Portuguese). There is a lot of detail on both sides of the monument. Don't miss the beautiful tile floor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Monument to the Discoveries on Tagus river in Lisbon is a huge sculpture with smaller figures on each side representing explorers, artists, scientists. Beautiful sculpture resembling the old sailing ships. One of the Lisbon symbols you must see.

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Dover, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a superb monument to all the Potuguese who have gone to sea to discover new worlds. It is headed by Prince Henry the Navigator but would be best viewed from the river. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

The museum downstairs was ok, and gave a brief history but the views from the top platform were worth every euro. We took the lift up and then walked down but you could use the lift for all but the top viewing platform that is about 15 steps. Great view of the tower, bridge and Christ. Do it, you won't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This impressive sculpture on the bank of the river is beautifully crafted and well worth a look. I didn't realise until I read previous reviews that you could go to the top for a view........somehow i completely missed that aspect!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

A magnificent piece of carving depicting the awesome figures of Portugal's sea faring Discoverer's who changed the whole landscape of what the world looked like at the time.............the monument stands proudly on the banks of the river and you must go up to the top and admire the magnificent views.......incredible! TIP: go on a hot breezy day.............awesome

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