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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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To climb or not to climb

Looks great, but probably better from the river. Should we go up? No queue. Expensive and up by lift. Windy on top. Good views, would never have seen the football ground... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Looks great, but probably better from the river. Should we go up? No queue. Expensive and up by lift. Windy on top. Good views, would never have seen the football ground otherwise. Down by stairs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Tall, strong, powerful messsage being conveyed. You have the option of going in and getting to the top, we never did this. Spent some time outside, world map in front which depicts Portugal's exploration heritage.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Your photographs of Lisbon will look much better with a trip to Belem and a visit here. Get the iconic shots of this, the bridge and the Statue of Christ in one image. Take the number 15 tram or a short train journey out to see this, you won't be disappointed

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I couldn't wait to see this monument when in Belem. And to gaze upon it in person reminds you that pictures do nothing to justify the beauty of an actual place. We took the elevator up to the rooftop for an outstanding view of the monistary and all the surrounding s of Belem. So beautiful a must visit

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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Get short lift to the top for fantastic views. Much better than Belem Tower which is lower and much more crowded.

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Salamanca, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We visited in the evening, there were almost no people and I really liked this monument. Those statues on its sides are perfectly done and resemble real people very well which made me feel like those explorers were really there near me. Worth paying a visit on the walk to the Belém tower.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The monument is visible from outside. Inside is a 4 euro trip to the top of the monument. The views are good of the immediate area but not special. The trip to the top is very crowded, the actual viewing area is even more crowded. The elevator also doesn't go all the way to to too and requires a walk... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Must see if you have an interest in navigation or discovery of Americas. Striking architecture and imposing structure right on the waterfront. Close to Tower of Belem and Monastery of Jerónimos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This monument is a reminder of the days that Portugal sailed across the world and was a mighty ruler. The monument pays a tribute to the age of discoveries and depicts 16 people from the 15th and 16th century such as explorers, cartographers, artists, scientists and missionaries. It includes a statute of Henry the Navigator regarded as the founder the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Any trip to Lisbon's Belém neighborhood isn't complete without paying a visit to the Padrao dos Descobrimentos monument. It sits right on the river and pays tribute to Portugal's rich history of exploration and discovery. Impressive in size it offers stunning views of the bridge and its stone carving work is so realistic. It also sits on a sea of... More 

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