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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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Discoveries monument

With river Tejo right in front of you, this is the moment to imagine the departure of the portuguese discovers that gave news worlds to the world. This is the monument built in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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141 reviews 141 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

With river Tejo right in front of you, this is the moment to imagine the departure of the portuguese discovers that gave news worlds to the world. This is the monument built in their memory. Just climb to the top and see...

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Set over looking the water at Belem this sculpture has so much detail that you should look and look again. It shows just how outward looking the Portuguese were in the days of sail. You can enjoy all of it at ground level and free of charge.

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Yogya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I believe this monument is made to remember the glorious early European exploration to the east. We just stay outside and not going inside the monuments as well. In front of this monument there is a huge map on the floor that showing the sea exploration done by Portugal in the past. It reminds me on the history lesson that... More 

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east london
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Excellent detailing and a grant sculpture/statue not sure how best to describe it. Inside as stated is just a lift and some stairs and then a roof with a view for 4 Euros. Once up there, there isn't much you couldn't see already.

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Itzehoe
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This monument of discoveries was very impressive for me and reminded me of what a powerful nation Portugal used to be. The best part of Belem for me

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Think of the Kennedy Space Center or Mount Rushmore. Tributes to explores of space and the west. Here is a tribute to the exploration of a different part of our planet and the men who lead those scary, dangerous missions to no-where. Go see it and marvel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We decided to climb the stairs to the top of the monument. The view made the trek up worth it and the monument was beautiful. It was my favorite thing we did while out in Belem.

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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

The “Pedrão dos Descobrimentos” located on the northern shore of the river Tejo, was conceived in 1939, and this as a temporary beacon for the Portuguese World Fair opening in June 1940. By June 1943, the original structure was demolished after the exposition. Later on in 1958, the government start the promotion to construct a permanent Monument to the Discoveries.... More 

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Ronneby, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

For me, this place was a pleasant surprise. It turned out better than i expected. Massive and interesting statues. Lovely view over the river. For good photos with Lisbon in the background instead of the harbour - go in the late afternoon if its sunny to avoid facing the sun with the lens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The Monument to the Discoveries represented a romanticized idealization of the Portuguese exploration conceived in 1939. Marking the celebrations at the anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. It is located on the northern bank of the Tagus River, limited by the Belém Marina, Algés and Dafundo Nautical Centre and the Museum of Popular Art.

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